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The Dawn Watch by Maya Jasanoff

The Dawn Watch

The Dawn Watch by Maya Jasanoff
Nov 07, 2017 | 400 Pages
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“Jasanoff has done her research on sea and land as well as in the archives, and her book is often thrilling to read as it travels the world with Conrad. An admirable and profoundly meditated biography, worthy of its subject.” —Claire Tomalin

“A book as beautiful as it is learned. Teeming with new discoveries, Jasanoff’s The Dawn Watch is an astonishing tour of Conrad’s world, from Kraków to Kinshasha, from London to Singapore. To read it is to be a stowaway in the hull of a ship sailing from Conrad’s times to our own, as swift as the wind.” —Jill Lepore 

“Like Sven Lindqvist’s “Exterminate all the Brutes,” The Dawn Watch lifts Conrad out of the “great tradition” of lit-crit to attempt something larger and more ambitious: demonstrating that his world is ours – and vice-versa. Maya Jasanoff is an eloquent historian and an erudite storyteller; she almost persuaded me to re-read Nostromo.” —Geoff Dyer

“Maya Jasanoff’s masterpiece . . . one of the most important books on colonialism to be written in our time, and by one of our most brilliant young historians.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian

The Dawn Watch takes the reader seamlessly through Joseph Conrad’s extraordinary life and voyages, showing us that our globalized world was fundamentally shaped in his lifetime a century ago—and that his pen still illuminates its beating heart.  This is a wonder of a book that merges vivid travel, scholarly biography, and sharply observed history. Everyone searching for an understanding of our world today and the voice of one of the 20th century’s most evocative writers should set sail with Maya Jasanoff.” —Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), author of Sea Power

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