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Read the world's first political thriller.
London is under threat. It has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc. He is the secret agent who is given the mission to strike right at the heart of London's pride by blowing up Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences on a more personal than political level.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY GILES FODEN
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
An astonishing book -- Ford Madox Ford
This damp, dark thriller dances about on satirical feet, from its opening paragraph to the very last, where it suddenly plunges like Chernobyl's core to our own apocalyptic times, seamed with petit-bourgeois envy and crazed fundamentalist dreams. Whether attacking the former or the latter, Conrad never lets go of his grim, twitchy smile. -- Adam Thorpe * Guardian *
One of the two unquestionable classics of the first order that [Conrad] added to the English novel -- F.R. Leavis
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