3 d’abril de 2013

Talking about... Heart of Darkness de Joseph Conrad

El proper dijous dia 4 d'abril a les 19h continuem el nostre 3r Cicle de tertúlies en anglès Talking about... Ens trobarem a la Biblioteca Pompeu Fabra per practicar l'anglès i parlar sobre aquest llibre i el seu autor.

Joseph Conrad
(Dec. 3, 1857, Berdichev, Ukraine. — Aug. 3, 1924, Canterbury, Kent, Eng.).

One of the world's great writers of fiction, Joseph Conrad was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857. In 1861, Conrad's family was forced to move to northern Russia when his father, a Polish patriot, was exiled for his activism against Russian rule. His mother and father both died of tuberculosis, in 1865 and 1869, respectively. In the care of his maternal uncle, Conrad was sent to school in Krakow and then Switzerland. In 1878, Conrad joined the British merchant navy and sailed on many ships over the next sixteen years. It was during this period that Conrad mastered the English language. Taking him all over the globe—Africa, Australia, India, Singapore, South America—his voyages provided subject matter for his writing and helped him gain insight into what drives human behaviour. Conrad published his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. Among Conrad's most acclaimed works are Lord Jim (1900), Heart of Darkness (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), and Under Western Eyes (1911). Conrad's other major works include The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897), Youth (1902), Typhoon (1903) and Victory (1915).

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness has been considered for most of this century as a literary classic, and also as a powerful indictment of the evils of imperialism. It reflects the savage repressions carried out in the Congo by the Belgians in one of the largest acts of genocide committed up to that time. Conrad's narrator encounters at the end of the story a man named Kurtz, dying, insane, and guilty of unspeakable atrocities.

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