Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary
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Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling up river to the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. A haunting and hugely influential Modernist masterpiece, Heart of Darkness explores the limits of human experience as well as the nightmarish realities of imperialism. Part of a major series of new editions of Conrad's most famous works in Penguin Classics, this Enriched eBook contains Conrad's Congo Diary.
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blanket helping to put bandages on those leaky steam-pipes—I tell you. I had to watch the steering, and circumvent those snags, and get the tin-pot along by hook or by crook. There was surface-truth enough in these things to save a wiser man. And between whiles I had to look after the savage who was fireman.i8 He was an improved specimen; he could fire up a vertical boiler. He was there below me, and, upon my word, to look at him was as edifying as seeing a dog in a parody of breeches and a
in the high grass; the large holes in the peaked roof gaped black from afar; the jungle and the woods made a background. There was no enclosure or fence of any kind; but there had been one apparently, for near the house half-a-dozen slim posts remained in a row, roughly trimmed, and with their upper ends ornamented with round carved balls. The rails, or whatever there had been between, had disappeared. Of course the forest surrounded all that. The river-bank was clear, and on the water-side I saw
waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. The Congo Diary Arrived at Matadi1 on the 13th of June 1890.– Mr Gosse2 chief of the station (O.K.) retaining us for some reason of his own. Made the acquaintance of Mr Roger Casement,3 which I should consider as a great pleasure under any circumstances and now it becomes a positive piece of luck. Thinks, speaks well, most intelligent and very
book’ in preparation for a time when he might take command of a company boat. 5. twenty cannibals: Probably members of the Bangala tribe who worked in Upper Congo steamers (Sherry, pp. 59–60). 6. I had the manager…pilgrims: On his journey upriver from Kinchasa to Stanley Falls in the Roi des Belges, Conrad was accompanied by six Europeans: Camille Delcommune, Captain Ludwig Rasmus Koch, three agents–Alphonse Keyaerts, E. F. L. Rollin and Van der Heyden–and a mechanic named Gossens (Sherry, p.
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (New York: Penguin Books, 2006). Browning, Christopher R., Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (New York: HarperPerennial, 1998). Butcher, Tim, Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart (London: Chatto & Windus, 2007) (retraces Conrad’s journey up the Congo). Easterly, William, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (New York: