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An Island Tale (Modern Library Classics)

Joseph Conrad, Peter Mallios (Introduction by)


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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst’s remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.

“With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,” writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. “The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.”

The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.

Praise For Victory: An Island Tale (Modern Library Classics)

“I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book.” —Jack London

Modern Library, 9780375759086, 432pp.

Publication Date: July 8, 2003

About the Author

Peter Lancelot Mallios is an assistant professor of English and American Studies at the University of Maryland.