New PDF release: Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: A Critical and Contextual

By Cedric Watts

ISBN-10: 9401208026

ISBN-13: 9789401208024

This booklet deals an in depth dialogue of Conrad’s so much amazing and frustrating paintings. Many major points of Heart of Darkness are tested, from plot and characterisation to imagery and symbolism, and specific awareness is paid to its ambiguity and paradoxes. by way of pertaining to the textual content to numerous contexts, Cedric Watts explores Conrad’s crucial preoccupations as a author and as a commentator on his age. the 1st variation of this examine seemed in 1977, and reviewers defined it as ‘criticism of the top order’ (Joseph Conrad Today) and ‘an vital book’ (Conradiana).

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