The Secret Agent - The Penguin English Library (Paperback)
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The Secret Agent - The Penguin English Library (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 26/07/2012
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'Madness and despair! Give me that for a lever, and I'll move the world'. In the only novel Conrad set in London, The Secret Agent communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894 masterminded by Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, and ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit the anarchists in a humiliating fashion, and when his evil plan goes horribly awry, Verlac must deal with the repercussions of his actions. The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction written in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels, to the beginning of the First World War.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141199559
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 202 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm

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“Skillful”

I would love to give this book a top five stars, but ultimately I couldn't. This is a quiet, hidden gem that is skillfully written with a dark tale on the surface and sub themes underneath.

Calling it a simple... More

Paperback edition
12th August 2011
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“Terrorism for the Lazy - Conrad's Best Political Book”

Interesting fact - this was the Unabomber's favourite novel. Enough said.

The Secret Agent is the story of Verloc, a shiftless man who supplements his income as an Agent Provocateur in Britain for an unnamed... More

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6th September 2018
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