Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is one of the author’s most famous works of prose fiction. It was first published in 1899 and it is considered a fictional autobiography since he based it on his actual experience in the African Congo. Conrad was sent up the river to rescue an agent at a remote station for the company he worked for at the time.
In the story, Conrad is Charlie Marlow, a seaman on board a boat to rescue a mysterious man named Kurtz. It is on one level about a voyage into the heart of the Belgian Congo, and on another about the journey into the soul of man.
The book was used as a basis for the movie Apocalypse Now, but instead of going up a river in the Belgian Congo during the late nineteenth century, the movie takes place on a river in Viet Nam, during the war there in the twentieth century.