Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad [Download-PDF-Online Reading-Summary]

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    The story details an incident when Marlow, an Englishman, took an assignment abroad from a Belgian trading company as captain of a ferry boat in Africa. Although Conrad does not specify the name of the river, at this time Congo Free State, the location of the great and important Congo River, was a private colony of the Belgian King Leopold II. Marlow is used to transporting ivory downstream; however, his most pressing task is to return Kurtz, another ivory merchant, to civilization in a cover-up. Kurtz is famous throughout the region. Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novel by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, about a trip down the Congo River to the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the storyteller Charles Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a ship anchored on the River Thames, London, England. This configuration provides the framework for Marlow's story of his obsession with the ivory merchant Kurtz, which allows Conrad to create a parallel between London and Africa as places of darkness. Focused on Conrad's work is the idea that there is little difference between the so-called civilized people and those described as savages; Heart of Darkness raises questions about imperialism and racism. Originally published as a three-part serial story in Blackwood's Magazine to celebrate the thousandth edition of the magazine, Heart of Darkness has been widely reissued and translated into many languages. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Heart of Darkness as number sixty-seven on its list of the hundred best novels in English of the twentieth century.

    Author Joseph Conrad
    Country United Kingdom
    Language English
    Genre Novella
    Published 1899 serial; 1902 book
    Publisher Blackwood's Magazine

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