By Cedric Watts
This ebook deals a close dialogue of Conrad’s such a lot superb and problematical paintings. Many major elements of Heart of Darkness are tested, from plot and characterisation to imagery and symbolism, and specific cognizance is paid to its ambiguity and paradoxes. through bearing on the textual content to quite a few contexts, Cedric Watts explores Conrad’s valuable preoccupations as a author and as a commentator on his age. the 1st version of this learn seemed in 1977, and reviewers defined it as ‘criticism of the top order’ (Joseph Conrad Today) and ‘an very important book’ (Conradiana).
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