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Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must Read

Our list of some of the best Joseph Conrad books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

The Portable Conrad (Penguin Classics) (2007)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadA great novelist of the sea, a poet of the tropics, a critic of empire and analyst of globalization, a harbinger of the modern spy novel, an unparalleled observer of the moments in which people are stripped of their illusions-Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Michael Gorra

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Penguin Classics) (2007)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadIn the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verloc must deal with the repercussions of his actions.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Michael Newton, et al.

Victory: An Island Tale (Penguin Classics) (2016)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadAxel Heyst, a dreamer and a restless drifter, believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others. Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago, and when it fails he turns his back on humanity once more. But his life alters when he rescues a young English girl, Lena, from Zangiacomo’s Ladies’ Orchestra and the evil innkeeper Schomberg, taking her to his island retreat.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Robert Hampson, et al.

Heart of Darkness (2014)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadHeart of Darkness (1899) is a short novel by Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, written as a frame narrative, about Charles Marlow’s experience as an ivory transporter down the Congo River in Central Africa. The river is “a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land”.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness (2015)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadHeart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Anglo-Polish novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story’s narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness (Fifth Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) (2016)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must Read“This is the best Norton Critical Edition yet! All my students have become intensely interested in reading Conrad―largely because of this excellent work.” ―Elise F. Knapp, Western Connecticut State University This Norton Critical Edition includes: – A newly edited text based on the first English book edition (1902), the last version to which Conrad is known to have actively contributed.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Paul B. Armstrong

The Secret Agent (2018)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadThe Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907. The story is set in London in 1886 and deals with Mr Adolf Verloc and his work as a spy for an unnamed country (presumably Russia). The Secret Agent is one of Conrad’s later political novels in which he moved away from his former tales of seafaring.The novel deals broadly with anarchism, espionage and terrorism.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim (1981)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadWith this book Joseph Conrad set the style for a whole class of literature-the novel of the outcast from civilization finding refuge in the tropics. The natives of Patusan in the Far East worship the bold young Englishman by the name of “Lord Jim,” but he despises himself.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness (Transatlantic Classics) (2012)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadSeries: Transatlantic Classics Paperback Publisher: Atlantic Publishing, Croxley Green (March 1, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 1908533757 ASIN: B008SLOEIC Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.4 x 7 inches Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 1,330 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadThe volume includes: ‘Youth’; ‘The Secret Sharer’; ‘The Lagoon’; ‘An Outpost of Progress’; ‘Il Conde’; ‘The Duel’. The intention is a range of settings – we move from the sea to the colonial world, the Far East and Africa to England and then the Continent.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Allan H. Simmons, et al.

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World (2018)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadA visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing todayMigration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: these forces shaped Joseph Conrad’s destiny at the dawn of the twentieth century.
Author(s): Maya Jasanoff

Nostromo (Oxford World’s Classics) (2009)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadOne of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo reenacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Jacques Berthoud, et al.

Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer (Bantam Classic) (1982)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadHeart Of Darkness. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth — and comes face to face with the secret itself.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness & Selections from The Congo Diary (1999)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadIntroduction by Caryl PhillipsCommentary by H. L. Mencken, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Lionel Trilling, Chinua Achebe, and Philip GourevitchOriginally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century’s most enduring works of fiction.
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Caryl Phillips

Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must Read

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Customer Needs and Strategic Management: Left-right Circles Analysis

Author(s): Andrew Chi-fai Chan, Joseph H. L. Ko, Diamond Tai, Conrad Wong
ID: 3378127, Publisher: World Scientific Publishing, Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: pdf

Exile as a Continuum in Joseph Conrad's Fiction: Living in Translation

Author(s): Ludmilla Voitkovska
ID: 3522475, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Joseph Conrad and Postcritique: Politics of Hope, Politics of Fear

Author(s): Jay Parker (editor), Joyce Wexler (editor)
ID: 3383749, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

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