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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875305
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

Heart of Darkness

And Youth (Vintage Voyages)




VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind


Follow a dark and powerful journey up the Congo River in Conrad’s sharp and incisive exploration of the damages of imperialism.

Life on the river is brutal, and unknown threats lurk in the darkness; the silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming.

Marlow's mission to captain a steamer upriver into the dense interior leads him into conflict with the others who haunt the forest. But his decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him into more than just physical peril.

‘Demands to be read. At its core lies the enigmatic, awesome Kurtz, and civilisation itself’ Guardian

VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind

  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781784875305
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Heart of Darkness

This small novel is written with intense clarity - sentence for sentence it is still more unsettling than many unpleasant books that have been written since

Anne Enright

Still the debate rages: is Conrad's novella an incisive critique of colonialism, or does it reinforce the very racist values it claims to unmask? Either way, his shrouded account of Marlow's journey into the "god-forsaken wilderness" of the Congo demands to be read. At its core lies the enigmatic, awesome Kurtz, and civilisation itself. "And this also," said Marlow suddenly, "has been one of the dark places of the earth"

Guardian

Conrad's narrative arsenal is awesome... Conrad deals in profundities if he deals in anything, but it is just his ability to clip his own wings in midflight, to puncture his ponderously magnificent dirigibles, that make him such an impressive literary performer

Sunday Times

Conrad broadened the descriptive range of the English language (his glowing and luxuriant delight in words, the haunting decor of the tropics, all that maritime terminology) more than any of his contemporaries

Independent