Heart of Darkness and Selections from the Congo Diary, by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness and Selections from the Congo Diary, by Joseph Conrad

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Originally published in 1902, Heart of Darkness remains one of this century’s most enduring works of fiction.

Written several years after Joseph Conrad’s gruelling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel is a complex meditation on colonialism, evil, and the thin line between civilization and barbarity.

This edition contains selections from Conrad’s Congo Diary of 1890 — the first notes, in effect, for the novel, which was composed at the end of that decade.

Virginia Woolf wrote of Conrad: “His books are full of moments of vision. They light up a whole character in a flash. . . . He could not write badly, one feels, to save his life.”