Joseph Conrad

  • Au coeur des ténèbres, la nouvelle la plus célèbre de Conrad, est le récit d'une descente aux enfers. Officier de la marine marchande britannique, le jeune capitaine Marlow part à la recherche de Kurtz, un chasseur d'ivoire qui a mystérieusement disparu dans la brousse africaine. À mesure que Marlow remonte le fleuve Congo, il s'aventure dans les ténèbres : celles d'une nature hostile où, loin de toute civilisation, résonnent les cris inquiétants des « sauvages » ; celles de l'âme humaine, dont la noirceur n'a d'égal que le mystère... Dossier : 1. Conrad et la tradition du roman d'aventures 2. Mensonge et vérité 3. L'aventure moderne 4. L'épopée du langage 5. Postérité de Conrad

  • Le Coeur des ténèbres s´inspire d´un épisode de la vie de Conrad en 1890 dans l´État libre du Congo mis en coupe réglée au profit de Léopold II. De cette expérience amère, l´écrivain a tiré un récit enchâssé dont chaque élément, à la façon des poupées russes, dissimule une autre réalité : la Tamise annonce le Congo, le yawl de croisière la Nellie le vapeur cabossé de Marlow, truchement de Conrad. Ces changements d´identité sont favorisés par les éclairages instables au coucher du soleil ou par le brouillard qui modifie tous les repères et dont émerge Kurtz. Présenté par de nombreux personnages bien avant d´entrer en scène, celui-ci fait voler en éclats toutes les définitions et finit par incarner le coeur énigmatique des ténèbres : le lieu où se rencontrent l´abjection la plus absolue et l´idéalisme le plus haut.

  • La ligne d'ombre

    Joseph Conrad

    Dans un port d'Extrême-Orient, alors qu'il vient de quitter son navire et qu'il n'aspire qu'à regagner l'Europe, un jeune marin, sur un coup de tête, accepte de prendre le commandement d'un trois-mâts en partance pour Singapour. Mal accueilli par son second - lequel est hanté par le souvenir du précédent capitaine, mort dans des circonstances troubles -, il doit bientôt faire face à une redoutable absence de vent qui immo­bilise le navire. Pris au piège d'une mer trop lisse, les membres de l'équipage, accablés par les fièvres tropi­cales et ne voyant plus dans l'eau que le miroir de leur conscience, s'abîment peu à peu dans le désespoir et la folie... Dans cet inquiétant huis clos maritime qu'est La Ligne d'ombre (1917), Conrad, s'inspirant d'un épisode de sa vie, met en scène le passage de l'enfance à l'âge adulte, et la solitude de l'homme face à son destin.

  • Encouragé à poursuivre sa carrière littéraire après son premier livre, La Folie Almayer, Joseph Conrad, dans Un paria des îles, reprend le même lieu et les mêmes personnages, mais quinze ans plus tôt. Continuant à remonter le temps, il les rajeunira encore dans un troisième roman, La Rescousse. Le livre paraît en en 1896. C'est l'histoire nocturne, ténébreuse, d'un homme qui a failli, Willems, et que son maître, le célèbre capitaine Lingard, condamne à rester captif de la forêt équatoriale, à une cinquantaine de kilomètres de la mer. Willems est littéralement englouti par la forêt, par l'amour dévorant d'une femme indigène, Aïssa, et par son propre chaos intérieur. Dans ses efforts pour survivre, il va faire le malheur de son rival Almayer, et provoquer par trahison l'arrivée et l'installation des Arabes dans ce comptoir situé sur le fleuve, dont l'accès était jusque-là un secret.

  • « C'est seulement dans l'imagination des hommes que toute vérité trouve une vie indéniable et réelle. Ce n'est pas l'invention, mais l'imagination, qui est le maître suprême de l'art comme de la vie. » En 1908, Joseph Conrad est attaqué par un critique a

  • Amy Foster de Joseph Conrad Traduit de l'anglais, préfacé et annoté par André Topia Editions Rivages Amy Foster (1901) a souvent été considéré comme une des oeuvres les plus autobiographiques de Conrad et on y a vu un parallèle avec la situation qu´il vécut lorsqu´il s´arracha à la langue et la culture de sa Pologne natale pour devenir citoyen britannique. C´est d'abord une histoire de mer, qui raconte avec un réalisme terrifiant les tribulations d'un groupe d´émigrants pauvres poussés par l'espoir d'un eldorado en Amérique. Après le naufrage de son navire, le jeune Yanko devient un véritable paria dans une communauté paysanne anglaise qui voit en lui un fou dangereux. Le récit reprend le thème conradien de la rencontre entre l´autochtone et l´étranger, le civilisé et le sauvage. Inversant les figures de l´humain et l´inhumain, Conrad montre le "sauvage", le "fou", doué d'une humanité profonde qui se brise sur le refus obstiné des fermiers du Kent de reconnaître l´altérité de l´étranger. Sur cette situation désespérante vient se greffer une histoire d´amour qui prend vite la dimension d´une tragédie entre deux êtres que tout sépare. À la fois tragédie romantique et parabole moderne sur la rencontre de l´autre, Amy Foster est un des textes les plus poignants de toute la littérature anglaise.

  • Une nuit dans les mers tropicales. Un jeune capitaine seul sur le pont d'un bateau endormi. Soudain, ruisselante d'eau, une main surgissant des ténèbres agrippe le premier échelon d'une échelle de corde qu'on a oublié de remonter...

  • WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY TIM BUTCHER The silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. Life on the river is brutal and unknown threats lurk in the darkness. Marlow's mission to captain a steamer upriver into the dense interior leads him into conflict with the others who haunt the forest. But his decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him into more than just physical peril.

  • The masterpiece of Joseph Conradyes'>#8217;s later years, the autobiographical short novel The ShadowLine depicts a young man at a crossroads in his life, facing a desperate crisis that marks the yes'>#8220;shadowlineyes'>#8221; between youth and maturity.
    This brief but intense story is a dramatically fictionalized account of Conradyes'>#8217;s first command as a young sea captain trapped aboard a becalmed, feverwracked, and seemingly haunted ship. With no wind in sight and his crew disabled by malaria, the narrator discovers that the medicine necessary to save the sick men is missing and its absence has been deliberately concealed. Meanwhile, his increasingly frightened first mate is convinced that the malignant ghost of the previous captain has cursed them. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and deceptively simple, Conradyes'>#8217;s tale of the sea reflects the complex themes of his most famous novels, Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. Life on the river is brutal and unknown threats lurk in the darkness. Marlow's decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him into more than just physical peril.

  • The masterpiece of Joseph Conradyes'>#8217;s later years, the autobiographical short novel The ShadowLine depicts a young man at a crossroads in his life, facing a desperate crisis that marks the yes'>#8220;shadowlineyes'>#8221; between youth and maturity.This brief but intense story is a dramatically fictionalized account of Conradyes'>#8217;s first command as a young sea captain trapped aboard a becalmed, feverwracked, and seemingly haunted ship. With no wind in sight and his crew disabled by malaria, the narrator discovers that the medicine necessary to save the sick men is missing and its absence has been deliberately concealed. Meanwhile, his increasingly frightened first mate is convinced that the malignant ghost of the previous captain has cursed them. Suspenseful, atmospheric, and deceptively simple, Conradyes'>#8217;s tale of the sea reflects the complex themes of his most famous novels, Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness. From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The silence of the jungle is broken only by the ominous sound of drumming. Life on the river is brutal and unknown threats lurk in the darkness. Marlow's decision to hunt down the mysterious Mr Kurtz, an ivory trader who is the subject of sinister rumours, leads him into more than just physical peril.

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  • 'It was I who removed de P - this morning.' With these chilling words Victor Haldin shatters the solitary, industrious existence of Razumov, his fellow student at St Petersburg University. Razumov aims to overcome the denial of his noble birth by a brilliant career in the tsarist bureaucracy created by Peter the Great. But in pre-revolutionary Russia Peter's legacy is autocracy tempered by assassination; and Razumov is soon caught in a tragic web with Haldin's trustful sister Natalia in spy-haunted Geneva. Their fateful story is told by an elderly Englishman who loves Natalia but plays his part of a 'dense Westerner' to the end.

  • Anglais The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

    WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODEN London is under threat. It has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc. He is the secret agent who is given the mission to strike right at the heart of London's pride by blowing up Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences on a more personal than political level.

  • Heart 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 selfdefense. 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 farflung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.From the Paperback edition.

  • Almayer';s Folly, Joseph Conrad';s first novel, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism. Set in the lush jungle of Borneo in the late 1800s, it tells of the Dutch merchant Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice. Nadine Gordimer writes in her Introduction, "Conrad';s writing is lifelong questioning . . . What was 'Almayer';s Folly';? The pretentious house never lived in? His obsession with gold? His obsessive love for his daughter, whose progenitors, the Malay race, he despised? All three?" Conrad established in Almayer';s Folly the themes of betrayal, isolation, and colonialism that he would explore throughout the rest of his life and work.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst’s remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.” The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Nostromo Originally published in 1904, Nostromo is considered by many to be Conrad's supreme achievement. Set in the imaginary South American republic of Costaguana, the novel reveals the effects of unbridled greed and imperialist interests on many different lives. Although each character's potential for good is ultimately corrupted, Nostromo underscores Conrad's belief in fidelity, moral discipline, and the need for human communion. The author himself described the book as 'an intense creative effort on what I suppose will remain my largest canvas.' 'Conrad endeavored to create a great, massive, multiphase symbol that would render his total vision of the world, his sense of individual destiny, his sense of man's place in nature, his sense of history and society,' observed Robert Penn Warren. 'Nostromo is the most strikingly modern of Conrad's novels,' said V. S. Pritchett. 'It is pervaded by a profound, even morbid sense of insecurity which is the very spirit of our age.' This volume is the companion to the acclaimed multipart series aired on Masterpiece Theatre.
    Lord Jim Lord Jim is a classic story of one man's tragic failure and eventual redemption, told under the circumstances of high adventure at the margins of the known world which made Conrad's work so immediately popular. But it is also the book in which its author, through a brilliant adaptation of his stylistic apparatus to his obsessive moral, psychological and political concerns, laid the groundwork for the modern novel as we know it.

  • Anglais The Duel

    Joseph Conrad

    About This Book "Haven't you heard of the duel going on ever since 1801?" An exciting, swashbuckling thriller based on a true story about two of Napoleons soldiers.
    Conrads brilliantly ironic tale about two officers in Napoleons Grand Army who, under a futile pretext, fought an on-going series of duels throughout the Napoleanic Wars. Over decades, on every occasion they chanced to meet, they fought. Both satiric and deeply sad, this masterful tale treats both the futility of war and the absurdity of false honor, wars necessary accessory.
    This Is An Enhanced eBook This eBook contains Illuminations--additional illustrated material that expand the world of Conrad's novella through text and illustrations--at no additional charge.
    "Illuminations" contains writings by Napoleon Bonaparte - Catherine Bearne - Captain Elzear Blaze - Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourienne - Richard Curle - And a historical appreciation of the real life Feraud and d'Hubert Illustrations include: Jacques-Louis David - Jean-Antoine Gros - Johannes Flintoe - Johann Gottfried Schadow - James Gillroy and others.
    Also included is The Duelists Supplement The Code Duello: A Diverse Anthology For Personal Use which includes in their entirety the French, Irish and American Southern Code Duellos as well as the Queensbuy Rules and a description of the Viking Holmganga.

  • Anglais Nostromo

    Joseph Conrad

    'There is something in a treasure that fastens upon a man's mind. He will pray and blaspheme and still persevere, and will curse the day he ever heard of it, and will let his last hour come upon him unawares, still believing that he missed it only by a foot. He will see it every time he closes his eyes. He will never forget it till he is dead - and even then ...' In the exotic South American republic of Costaguana, the San Tomé silver mine provides opportunities for untold wealth and power. Yet amid the turbulence and brutality of Latin American politics, everyone associated with it - from the compromised English mine-owner Gould to the grasping businessman Holroyd, from the revolutionary Montero to the loyal and seemingly incorruptible worker Nostromo - becomes somehow irrevocably tainted. Nostromo is a grandiose epic, startlingly modern in its technique and political sophistication - and a masterpiece of tension, adventure and mystery.

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  • Conrad's aim was 'by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel . . . before all, to make you see' Heart of Darkness, his exploration of European colonialism in Africa and of elusive human values, embodies more profoundly than almost any other modern fiction the difficulty of 'seeing', its relativity and shifting compromise. Portraying a young man's first sea-voyage to the East in Youth, an unenlightened maturity in Heart of Darkness, and the blind old age of Captain Whalley in The End of the Tether, the stories in this volume are united in their theme - the 'Ages of Man' - and in their scepticism. Conrad's vision has influenced twentieth-century writers and artists from T. S. Eliot to Jorge Luis Borges and Werner Herzog, and continues to draw critical fire. In his stimulating introduction John Lyon discusses the links between these three stories, the critiques of Chinua Achebe and Edward Said, and the ebb and flow of Conrad's magnificent narrative art.

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