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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.

1. Heart of Darkness (2018)

 Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must ReadHeart of Darkness centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities. Marlow takes a job as a riverboat captain with the Company, a Belgian concern organized to trade in the Congo. As he travels to Africa and then up the Congo, Marlow encounters widespread inefficiency and brutality in the Company’s stations. The native inhabitants of the region have been forced into the Company’s service, and they suffer terribly from overwork and ill treatment at the hands…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

2. 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. This revised edition of The Portable Conrad features the best known and most enduring of Conrad’s works, including The Secret Agent, Heart of Darkness, and The Nigger of the “Narcissus,” as well as shorter tales like “Amy Forster” and “The Secret Sharer,” a selection of letters, and his observations on the sinking of the…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Michael Gorra

3. 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. While rooted in the Edwardian period, Conrad’s tale remains strikingly contemporary, with its depiction of Londoners gripped by fear of the terrorists living in…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Michael Newton, et al.

4. 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. The affair between Heyst and Lena begins with her release, but the relationship shifts as Lena struggles to save Heyst from detachment and isolation.Featuring arguably the most interesting hero created…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Robert Hampson, et al.

5. 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”. In the course of his travel in central Africa, Marlow becomes obsessed with Mr. Kurtz. The story is a complex exploration of the attitudes people hold on what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

6. 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. This setting provides the frame for Marlow’s story of his obsession with the ivory trader Kurtz, which enables Conrad to create a parallel between London and Africa as places of darkness.Central to Conrad’s work is the idea that there is little difference between so-called civilized people and those described as savages; Heart of Darkness raises…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

7. 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. “Textual History and Editing Principles” provides an overview of the textual controversies and ambiguities perpetually surrounding Heart of Darkness. – Background and source materials on colonialism…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Paul B. Armstrong

8. 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. It also deals with exploitation of the vulnerable in Verloc’s relationship with his brother-in-law Stevie, who has a learning difficulty….
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

9. 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. Tortured by an act of cowardice and desertion that wrecked his career in the Merchant Service years before and tormented by his ideal of what an officer should be, he has fled from scandal farther and farther East. It is only here in remote Patusan, filling a post given him by the trader Stein, that he at last finds the will to cease…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

10. 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? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

11. The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) (2007)

 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. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Allan H. Simmons, et al.

12. 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. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels…
Author(s): Maya Jasanoff

13. 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. In the harbor town of Sulaco, a vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine, funded by American money but owned by a third-generation English immigrant, can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit. Conrad’s…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad , Jacques Berthoud, et al.

14. 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. Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Sharer draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad

15. 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. Written several years after Joseph Conrad’s grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity. This edition contains selections from Conrad’s Congo Diary of 1890—the first…
Author(s): Joseph Conrad, Caryl Phillips

Best Joseph Conrad Books You Must Read

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Food in the Novels of Joseph Conrad: Eating as Narrative

Author(s): Dr. Kim Salmons
ID: 2066212, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Conrad’s Sensational Heroines: Gender and Representation in the Late Fiction of Joseph Conrad

Author(s): Ellen Burton Harrington
ID: 2153268, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

Author(s): Maya Jasanoff
ID: 2175003, Publisher: Penguin Press, Year: 2017, Size: 45 Mb, Format: epub

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