Joseph Conrad: A Literary Life by Cedric Watts

By Cedric Watts

Drawing out the particular thematic preoccupations and technical units in Conrad's writing, Professor Watts explores Conrad's value and impact as an ethical, social and political commentator. He focuses particularly on Almayer's Folly, The Nigger of the Narcissus, middle of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo and likelihood.

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Germans, too, are men! God has enlightened me. 25 When the knights approach to kill him, Konrad commits suicide by poison. In this concern with the psychological burden of patriotic treachery, Konrad Wallenrod foreshadows Conrad' s Under Western Eyes; and a feature of Mickiewicz' s poem which anticipates a typical Conradian technique is that the narrative contains various 'tales within the tale', aIl of which sound in different keys the theme of betrayal and patriotism. Pan Tadeusz, too, main tains this theme.

Think about this, young man, colle ct sorne reminiscences ..... 19 Appropriately, then, when Conrad eventually turned his travel experiences into the material of novels, Bobrowski in various guises seems to inhabit that fictional universe. In Lord Jim, it is not simply Bobrowski' s motto, usque ad finem, that has been transferred to Stein; for Stein' s affectionate but partIy critical attitude to Jim (the stance of a benevolent uncle who from afar, by money and by introductions, hopes to stabilise the career of a sometimes dreamy, impractical and even suicidaI protégé) has distinct analogies with Bobrowski's attitude to his nephew.

And finally a tribute to the memory of your father who always wanted to and did serve his country by his pen. Think about this, young man, colle ct sorne reminiscences ..... 19 Appropriately, then, when Conrad eventually turned his travel experiences into the material of novels, Bobrowski in various guises seems to inhabit that fictional universe. In Lord Jim, it is not simply Bobrowski' s motto, usque ad finem, that has been transferred to Stein; for Stein' s affectionate but partIy critical attitude to Jim (the stance of a benevolent uncle who from afar, by money and by introductions, hopes to stabilise the career of a sometimes dreamy, impractical and even suicidaI protégé) has distinct analogies with Bobrowski's attitude to his nephew.

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