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In a novella which remains highly controversial to this day,
Conrad explores the relations between Africa and Europe. On the surface,
this is a horrifying tale of colonial exploitation. The narrator,
Marlowe journeys on business deep into the heart of Africa. But there he
encounters Kurtz, an idealist apparently crazed and depraved by his
power over the natives, and the meeting prompts Marlowe to reflect on
the darkness at the heart of all men. This short but complex and often
ambiguous story, which has been the basis of several films and plays,
continues to provoke interpretation and discussion.
Heart of
Darkness
grew out of a journey Joseph Conrad took up the Congo
River; the verisimilitude that the great novelist thereby brought to his
most famous tale everywhere enhances its dense and shattering
power.
Apparently a sailor’s yarn, it is in fact a grim
parody of the adventure story, in which the narrator, Marlow, travels
deep into the heart of the Congo where he encounters the crazed idealist
Kurtz and discovers that the relative values of the civilized and the
primitive are not what they seem. Heart of Darkness is a model of
economic storytelling, an indictment of the inner and outer turmoil
caused by the European imperial misadventure, and a piercing account of
the fragility of the human soul.


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