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  • Joseph Conrad

    Dramatisations of six of Conrad's finest novels, plus bonus material Polish-born author and mariner Joseph Conrad is widely regarded as one of the greatest English novelists. His 16 years in the merchant navy profoundly shaped his fiction, giving him transformative experiences of adventure and exotic places, and a unique insight into the human psyche. Included here are adaptations of six of his best works, brought together for the first time and collected in chronological order, plus one fascinating bonus programmes exploring his life and art. Heart of Darkness - Ordered to sail up the Congo River in search of enigmatic ivory trader Mr Kurtz, Marlowe's journey takes him deep into an...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Harold Pinter's unproduced screenplay of Joseph Conrad's last great novel, specially adapted for radio by Sir Richard Eyre 'All radio drama should be at this level' Spectator The annals of movie history are full of lost treasures - spectacular scripts from world-renowned writers that could have been classics, had they only been made. Now, for the first time, some of these forgotten gems have been brought to life, fully realised as vivid, cinematic radio productions. Scripted by major 20th Century writers, including Harold Pinter, Arthur Miller, Alfred Hitchcock and Dennis Potter, they star a host of A-list actors and feature richly evocative, atmospheric soundtracks. One of seven...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Joseph Conrad - An Introduction. Born in 1857 in Poland, Joseph Conrad became a British citizen just before he turned 30. In the intervening years he lost both parents; becoming an orphan at 11 being thereafter raised by an uncle, who at 16 let the boy go to Marseille where he began to work on merchant ships though at times it included stints gun running and the intrigue of political conspiracy. At age 36 his life turned from one of ships to one of literary pursuit. Conrad brought to English Literature both a further layer of style and a deeper examination of the human psyche in a wealth of work. He wrote many novels, rightly regarded today, as some of the finest in English literature....read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Jugend Eine Erzählung von Joseph Conrad, gelesen von Sean Farrell. Mit dem magischen Ziel Bangkok vor Augen begibt sich der junge Seeoffizier Marlow auf eine Schiffsreise, die zum lebensgefährlichen Abenteuer wird. Bei seiner ersten Fahrt in den Fernen Osten dient er als 2. Offizier an Bord eines maroden Kohlefrachters. Immer wieder muss das Schiff ausgebessert werden, bis es schließlich vor Java in Brand gerät. Da das Schiff nicht mehr seetauglich ist, sieht sich die Mannschaft gezwungen, in die Beiboote zu steigen und an Land zu rudern. Angesichts der dramatischen Rettung der Besatzung erlebt Marlow seine erste Bewährungsprobe. In der eigentlichen Rahmenhandlung berichtet...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Der Geheimagent Roman von Joseph Conrad, gelesen von Sean Farrell. 1886: Im Londoner Stadtteil Soho betreibt Adolf Verloc einen kleinen, nicht allzu gut gehenden Laden, in dem er pornographische Erzeugnisse und Nippes verkauft. Er lebt mit seiner Frau Winnie und ihrem geistig behinderten Bruder Stevie in einer kleinen Wohnung hinter dem Laden. Was seine Frau nicht weiß: Er liefert Berichte über die anarchistischen Kreise, in denen er verkehrt, gegen gute Bezahlung an eine Botschaft. Zu dieser Botschaft wird er eines Tages zitiert. Der neue Sekretär Wladimir verlangt von Verloc mehr als nur Berichte, er soll einen Bombenanschlag auf das Observatorium von Greenwich ausführen. Der...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent is a tale of anarchism, espionage and terrorism. Our agent, a man named Mr Verloc, minds his own business while he keeps his shop in London’s Soho, alongside his wife, who attends to her aged mother and disabled brother. Their lives are turned upside down when Verloc is reluctantly employed to plant a bomb and destroy an observatory in London. What was once the perfect bomb plot inevitably turns awry and Verloc, his family and his associates are forced to face the consequences. Conrad’s later political novel bears all the hallmarks of his captivating style: The Secret Agent brims with melodious and poetic language, alongside crystal- clear...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Penguin Classics presents Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by David Threlfall, the star of the hit Channel 4 series, Shameless. 'The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, rage - who can tell? - but truth - truth stripped of its cloak of time. Let the fool gape and shudder - the man knows, and can look on without a wink' Marlow, a seaman, tells of a journey up the Congo. His goal is the troubled European and ivory trader Kurtz. Worshipped and feared by...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    In Heart of Darkness, Polish-British author Joseph Conrad deploys atmosphere, ambiguity and nuance to spin a languid tale of intrigue and madness in late 19th-century Colonial Africa. The story's narrator, Marlow, tells of a trip up the Congo River to rescue a legendary ivory trader, Kurtz, from a mysterious illness. Considered Conrad's masterpiece, and one of the greatest novels of the 20th century (it was written and serialized in 1899 but not published in book form until 1902), others have condemned the dehumanizing depictions of Africans as racist and...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Józef Teodor Na??cz Konrad Korzeniowski wurde als Sohn polnischer Eltern 1857 geboren. Mit elf Jahren ist er Vollwaise, im Alter von 17 Jahren schlägt er sich nach Marseille durch, um Seemann zu werden - eine schicksalhafte Bestimmung. Um 1878 betritt er erstmals englischen Boden und wird zu Joseph Conrad. Seine Laufbahn als Schriftsteller beginnt er mit etwa 33 Jahren. Zu dieser Zeit war er Kapitän eines Flussdampfers an den kongolesischen Stanley-Fällen, wo ihn ein Fieber befiel, das er bis zum Ende seines Lebens nicht mehr loswerden sollte. 1895 erschien sein erster Roman: Allmeyers Wahn. Berühmt wurde er allerdings nicht durch seine Romane, sondern durch die Kurzgeschichten, unter...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Penguin Classics presents Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Michael Pennington. 'There is something in a treasure that fastens upon a man's mind. He will pray and blaspheme and still persevere, and will curse the day he ever heard of it, and will let his last hour come upon him unawares, still believing that he missed it only by a foot. He will see it every time he closes his eyes. He will never forget it till he is dead - and even then ...' In the exotic South American republic of Costaguana, the San Tomé silver mine provides opportunities for untold wealth and power. Yet amid the...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Conrads Novelle, die Francis Ford Coppola zu seinem Meisterwerk 'Apocalypse Now' inspirierte, ist ein düsteres Meisterwerk, das zu den berühmtesten Geschichten der Welt gehört. Auf der Suche nach Stationsleiter Kurtz muss Marlow den Kongo hinauffahren. Die Reise ins Herz der Finsternis wird zu einem wahren...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea was the first of Joseph Conrad's two autobiographical memoirs. Discussing it, he called the book "a very intimate revelation...I have attempted here to lay bare with the unreserve of a last hour's confession the terms of my relation with the sea, which beginning mysteriously, like any great passion the inscrutable Gods send to mortals, went on unreasoning and invincible, surviving the test of disillusion, defying the disenchantment that lurks in every day of a strenuous life; went on full of love's delight and love's anguish, facing them in open-eyed exultation without bitterness and without repining, from the first hour to the last." The...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Dedicated to the author's son who was wounded in World War 1, The Shadow-Line is a short novel based at sea by Joseph Conrad; it is one of his later works, being written from February to December 1915. It was first published in 1916 as a serial and in book form in 1917. The novella depicts the development of a young man upon taking a captaincy in the Orient, with the shadow line of the title representing the threshold of this development. The novella is notable for its dual narrative structure. The full, subtitled title of the novel is The Shadow-Line, A Confession, which immediately alerts the reader to the retrospective nature of the novella. The ironic constructions following from the...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    From his many years on the high seas as a mariner, mate, and captain, Joseph Conrad created unique works, including Heart of Darkness, that have left an indelible mark on world literature. First published in 1899, his haunting novel Lord Jim is both a riveting sea adventure and a fascinating portrait of a unique outcast from civilization. One long evening, over cigars and brandy, the seasoned sea captain, Marlow, recalls the life of a handsome young first mate who loses his ship and his honor, but becomes a god. As his friends listen and question, the powerful and eloquent story of Lord Jim unfolds. Joseph Conrad's novels are timeless. The images he creates in Lord Jim, of man's struggle to...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    The Shadow Line is a short novel by Joseph Conrad and was published in 1917. It tells the story of a young man whose dream to be a captain of his ship comes true accidentally. He should command a boat from Bangkok to Singapore filled with sick passengers. His crew gets infected by malaria, and he finds out the medicine necessary to save them is missing deliberately after a couple of days wandering in the sea with no wind in sight. His mate convinces him that the ghost of the previous captain, who before his death turned insane and wanted to take the ship down along himself and the crew, has cursed them. Joseph Conrad tells this adventurous and mysterious story to explore the passage to...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. This collection brings together the best British writing of the 20th century, narrated by a trio of beloved voices from the stage and screen. From the ghost stories of M.R. James to the intensity of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, as well as the intrigue of Joseph Conrad’s spy thriller, The Secret Agent, these enthralling modern classics will delight every...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    These British Isles, moored across from mainland Europe, are more often seen as a world unto themselves. Restless and creative, they often warred amongst themselves until they began a global push to forge a World Empire of territory, of trade and of language.Here our ambitions are only of the literary kind. These shores have mustered many masters of literature. So this anthology's boundaries includes only those authors who were born in the British Isles - which as a geographical definition is the UK mainland and the island of Ireland - and wrote in a familiar form of English.Whilst Daniel Defoe is the normal starting point we begin a little earlier with Aphra Behn, an equally colourful...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Forty-two years old Marlow is drinking with four other Englishmen. They have known each other since the beginning of their working lives. Some of them have other jobs now, but they still gather to recall the good old days. Marlow tells his friends a story of his early life, when he travelled to the East as a young man in search of adventure. He shares his experience and impressions of the different cultures he came across with the four men. Where exactly do the five men meet? Where do they work now? What extraordinary story will Marlow tell them and how are his friends going to react to it? Find all the answers in Joseph Conrad’s autobiographical short story 'Youth' from 1898. B. J....read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    Charles Marlow, sails up the Congo River to meet with Kurtz - a prosperous ivory trader and a man of great abilities. Marlow ends up signing a contract and becoming a riverboat captain for a Belgian company that trades in the Congo. He hopes that this contract will give him a good opportunity for career development. However, Marlow's expectations quickly sour as he is faced with the evil of imperialism, witnessing violent acts and brutality against the local, native population. Why and how did Marlow decide to go to the Congo? Is Kurtz an evil man whose interests are controlled by money? Will the sailor regret signing his contract after seeing what the natives have to suffer? Will he try...read more

  • Joseph Conrad

    The trading ship Narcissus is sailing towards London, but long the way the ship and its crew pick up a West Indian black sailor, James, who shortly after falls ill. To prevent contamination aboard the ship, James must stay in his cabin. But as minutes turn into hours, and days into weeks, the rest of the crew starts doubting whether James is ill at all. And even if he is, can he be allowed to stay in his room when a violent storm is brewing, and every hand is needed on deck? This book has been said to be Joseph Conrad's best work of his early period. For fans of 'The Martian' and 'Project Hail Mary' by Andy Weir. - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-British author, considered...read more