Heart of Darkness
'I asked myself what I was doing there, with a sensation
of panic in my heart as though I had blundered into a place of cruel and absurd mysteries not fit for a human being to behold'.
Charles Marlow's dark intuition here arrives at the culmination of his physical and psychological quest in search of the infamous
ivory-trader Kurtz in Joseph Conrad's most famous short story, Heart of Darkness. Ambiguously drawn to the powerful 'voice'
of this autocratic European who has become a self-proclaimed ruler in an African colony, Marlow is increasingly embroiled
in Kurtz's life and death: he is finally forced into a radical questioning, not only of his own assumptions, but also of the
civilized and imperial pretensions of Western Europe. Offering a freshly-researched text based on the writer's original documents,
this edition presents a classic of early modernist fiction in a version that, for the first time, recovers Conrad's preferred
wordings, punctuation and narrative structure.
List of maps; Acknowledgements; Introduction; A note on the text; Select
bibliography; Chronology; Abbreviations and note on editions; Heart of Darkness; Appendices; Notes; Glossary of nautical terms.
A newly edited and richly annotated version of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, now considered a classic of early modernism.