Under Western Eyes
Publication Date: December 2007
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'It was I who removed de P- this morning.' With these chilling words Victor Haldin shatters the solitary, industrious existence of Razumov, his fellow student at St Petersburg University. Razumov aims to overcome the denial of his noble birth by a brilliant career in the tsarist bureaucracy created by Peter the Great. But in pre-revolutionary Russia Peter's legacy is autocracy tempered by assassination; and Razumov is soon caught in a tragic web with Haldin's trustful sister Natalia in spy-haunted Geneva. Their fateful story is told by an elderly Englishman who loves Natalia but plays his part of a 'dense Westerner' to the end.
About the AuthorJoseph Conrad, (1857-1924) born JOzef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a Polish-born English novelist. Most of his works featured a nautical setting and depicted trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honor. Before he started writing, Conrad joined the French merchant marines and later joined the British navy. Some of his numerous works include, Heart of Darkness, The Arrow of Gold, The Secret Agent, An Outcast of the Islands, and Lord Jim.
Stephen Donovan is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.
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.