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Jun 02, 1992
| ISBN 9780679409908
Nov 01, 2000
| ISBN 9780679641261
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Jun 02, 1992 | ISBN 9780679409908
Nov 01, 2000 | ISBN 9780679641261
Joseph Conrad’s foresight and his ability to distill human adventure from complex historical circumstances were so keen that his greatest novel, Nostromo—though more than a century old—says as much about Latin America as any recent account of that region’s turbulent political life. Conrad’s story is set in the fictional Costaguana, a South American republic with a troubled history of tyranny and revolution. When wealthy businessman Charles Gould decides to use his valuable silver mine to support the current dictator in hopes of achieving stability, he instead sets off a new round of chaos and warfare. Fearful that his silver will fall into the hands of invading revolutionaries, Gould entrusts Nostromo—a man of the people considered by all to be incorruptible—with the task of escaping with and hiding a boatload of ingots from the mine. Nostromo’s heroic actions save his city from revolution, but the fate of the silver becomes his dark secret, one that will destroy him. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its re-creation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author’s impeccable intelligence.(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed).
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeOriginally published in 1904, Nostromo is considered by many to be Conrad’s supreme achievement. Set in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, the novel reveals the effects of unbridled greed and imperialist interests on many different lives. Although each character’s potential for good is ultimately corrupted, Nostromo underscores Conrad’s belief in fidelity, moral discipline, and the need for human communion. The author himself described the book as ‘an intense creative effort on what I suppose will remain my largest canvas.’ ‘Conrad endeavored to create a great, massive, multiphase symbol that would render his total vision of the world, his sense of individual destiny, his sense of man’s place in nature, his sense of history and society,’ observed Robert Penn Warren. ‘Nostromo is the most strikingly modern of Conrad’s novels,’ said V. S. Pritchett. ‘It is pervaded by a profound, even morbid sense of insecurity which is the very spirit of our age.’ This volume is the companion to the acclaimed multipart series aired on Masterpiece Theatre.
Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Ukraine, in 1857. After both of his parents died of tuberculosis, Conrad went to live with his uncle in Switzerland. After attending school in Kraków, he joined the French and then the British merchant marines,… More about Joseph Conrad
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