The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

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A group of revolutionaries in the backstreets of 19th-century London plot the destruction of the Greenwich Observatory in this 1907 masterpiece of suspense. Rich in atmosphere and psychological realism, the tale centers on a shopkeeper whose double life encompasses a quiet family circle, active friendships with anarchists, and allegiance to a foreign government.

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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 March 30, 2000 by Penguin. 150 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Crime, Humor & Entertainment, War, History, Romance. Non-fiction

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(The most famous “Secret Agent” adaptation, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Sabotage,” went straight for thrills and mostly jettisoned Conrad’s plot.) But their plodding, linear approach doesn’t do justice to either side of that equation, and one rich strand of the novel — the corrupted motives of the Britis...

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" Robert Kaplan, who provides an introduction to this reissue of Conrad's classic, is one of the most astute journalists working today.

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