The Secret Agent: With an Introduction by Giles Foden (Paperback)
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The Secret Agent: With an Introduction by Giles Foden (Paperback)

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'Spookily topical' Guardian

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
ISBN: 9780099511533
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 223 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Perenially fascinating... When Joseph Conrad wrote The Secret Agent he was responding imaginatively to a real botched bomb attack on Greenwich, at a time when there was real panic about anarchist extremism throughout Europe * Guardian *
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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“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.

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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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