The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph ConradDownload The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale ebook. The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1907. The story is set in London in 1886 and deals with Mr Adolf Verloc and his work as a spy for an unnamed country (presumably Russia). The Secret Agent is one of Conrad’s later political novels in which he moved away from his former tales of seafaring.
The novel deals broadly with anarchism, espionage and terrorism. It also deals with exploitation of the vulnerable in Verloc’s relationship with his brother-in-law Stevie, who has a learning difficulty.
Because of its terrorism theme, it was noted as “one of the three works of literature most cited in the American media” two weeks after the September 11 attacks.
The Secret Agent is one of the most famous novels of Conrad, not based on sea travels but located in the foggy and dark places of London of the Victorian times. It narrates the story of an Englishman, at the service of a foreign embassy, his wife, her semi-infirm brother and their friends. The locale is a place where the secret agent sells sexy newspapers and articles, and Conrad describes the situation with his usual ability. The foreign Embassy could be Russian (?), the friends are all revolutionary, their fight is hopeless, and the London police is well trained to control it. It would be unfair to give more description, let the reader find out how Conrad develops the situation and how it ends. It is certainly a good book, but I prefer the “marine” Conrad, and that explains the 4 stars instead of five. But one should read this Conrad, it is an interesting book, and well rated.
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Joseph Conrad (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjuz̪ɛf ˌkɔn.rad]; born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; 3 December 1857 – 3 August 1924) was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. He joined the British merchant marine in 1878, and was granted British citizenship in 1886. Though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties, he was a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature.[note 1] He wrote stories and novels, many with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an impassive, inscrutable universe.
Conrad is considered an early modernist, though his works still contain elements of 19th-century realism. His narrative style and anti-heroic characters have influenced numerous authors, and many films have been adapted from, or inspired by, his works.
Writing in the heyday of the British Empire, Conrad drew on, among other things, his native Poland’s national experiences and his own experiences in the French and British merchant navies, to create short stories and novels that reflect aspects of a European-dominated world—including imperialism and colonialism—and that profoundly explore the human psyche.
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