Selected Novels of Joseph Conrad
Jim, first published in 1900, confirmed Conrad's place in literature as one of the
first 'modernists' of English letters. Set in the Malay Archipelago, not only does
the novel provide a gripping account of maritime adventure and romance, but also
an exotic tale of the East. Nostromo is the only man capable of the decisive action
needed to save the silver of the San Tome mine and secure independence for Sulaco,
Occidental Province of the Latin American state of Costaguana. Is his integrity
as unassailable as everyone believes, or will his ideals, like those which have
inspired the struggling state itself, buckle under economic and political pressure?
Secret Agent, Conrad's story of espionage and anarchists, tells of Winnie Verloc
and her devotion to her peculiar and simple-minded brother, Stevie. Its savagely
witty themes of human absurdity and misunderstanding are written in an ironic style
that provokes both laughter and unease.