Nostromo

A Tale of the Seaboard

By Joseph Conrad; Veronique Pauly (Editor); J. H. Stape (Editor)
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780141441634, 496pp.)

Publication Date: December 2007

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Description
A novel, in which Charles Gould returns to South America determined to make a success of the inheritance left to him by his father, the San Tome mine. But his dreams are thwarted as the country is plunged into revolution.
Conrad's foresight and his ability to pluck the human adventure from complex historical circumstances were such that his greatest novel, Nostromo -- though nearly one hundred years old -- says as much about today's Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region's turbulent political life. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author's dry, undeceived, impeccable intelligence.
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About the Author
Joseph Conrad was born Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski, on December 3, 1857, in Russian-occupied Poland. His father, who was fighting for Polish independence, wrote a poem asking his son to remain "without land or love" as long as Poland was enslaved. Conrad went to sea at sixteen and and served fifteen years aboard English ships. He became the captain of his own ships, sailing to Asia and Africa. He took up writing at the age of 32. It did not come easy: English was his fourth language after Polish, Russian and French, but he wrote with depth and beauty seldom matched. He was offered knighthood, but declined. He died August 3, 1924.



J. H. Stape is Senior Research Fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham, London. He has taught at universities in Canada, France and Asia. The author of The Several Lives of Joseph Conrad (2007) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (1996), he has edited several of Conrad's texts for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad series and is co-editor of Conrad's Collected Letters (volumes seven and nine). He has also published on E. M. Forster, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, Frank Harris, Angus Wilson and Virginia Woolf.
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