The Duel by Joseph Conrad
(The Art of the Novella)

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"Haven't you heard of the duel going on ever since 1801?"

An exciting, swashbuckling thriller based on a true story about two of Napoleon’s soldiers.

Conrad’s brilliantly ironic tale about two officers in Napoleon’s 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, war’s 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 Duelist’s 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 Queensbury Rules and a description of the Viking Holmganga.
 

About Joseph Conrad

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Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.
 
Published August 16, 2011 by Melville House. 130 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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