At a glance:
- Author: Joseph Conrad
- First Published: 1899
- Type of Work: Novella
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: Late nineteenth century
- Setting: The Belgian Congo
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Frame story, Novel
- Subjects: Africa or Africans, Traveling or travelers, Colonialism, Murder or homicide, Nineteenth century, Antiheroes, Mental illness, Oppression, Good and evil, Greed, Symbolism, Rivers or waterways, Corruption, Adventure, Steamboats
- Locales: Africa, Congo, Belgian Congo
Marlow, the narrator and impartial observer of the action who becomes the central figure of the story. Because he is an observer and never centrally involved in the action of the story, he survives to tell the tale. He tells his listeners about his childhood passion for maps and about his declared intention to go, someday, to the heart of Africa. This thoroughly British Everyman describes how, years later, he signs on for the journey, with the help of his aunt. An accident has befallen the steamer that he was to have commanded, and the...
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