The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Cambridge Library Collection - Fiction and Poetry (Paperback)
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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale - Cambridge Library Collection - Fiction and Poetry (Paperback)

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By the time Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) produced this novel in 1907, terrorism had torn its way through London: Victoria station had been partially destroyed, the House of Commons damaged, and Scotland Yard attacked with dynamite. Conrad's story is set in 1886, at the height of these troubles, and was inspired by the 1894 attempt to bomb Greenwich Observatory. Written just after Nostromo (1904), it is a marked departure from Conrad's usual seafaring form and plunges the reader into the claustrophobic, grimy world of late nineteenth-century London. Mr Adolf Verloc - anarchist, spy, and purveyor of pornographic material - heads a cast of shadowy characters all affected directly or indirectly by the anarchist organisation to which he belongs. Although critics acknowledged its power, the novel and its dark subject matter were uneasily received in Conrad's lifetime. This reissue of the first edition confirms the book's place as a classic of twentieth-century fiction.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108057134
Number of pages: 454
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 26 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

Paperback edition
6th September 2018
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