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Heart Of Darkness (Annotated)

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This unique version includes bonus annotations:

- Detailed biography of Joseph Conrad
- Literary critique of the book
- Historical context of the book

The story that formed the basis of the film Apocalypse Now

Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western literary fabric.

The story tells of when Marlow, an Englishman, took a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time, Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.

This symbolic story is a story within a story or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary his Congolese adventure. The passage of time and the darkening sky during the fictitious narrative-within-the-narrative parallels the atmosphere of the story.

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  • Publication Date: April 11, 2010
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 90 Pages
  • File Size: 288 KB

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