Tuesday, December 1

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – a trip into inner space

"Conrad’s famous novella is based on a real journey the author took up the Congo in 1890, during King Leopold II of Belgium’s horrific rule. It is a fantastic, imaginative journey to find a man named Kurtz who has lost his mind in the African jungle. It is a journey into inner space; a metaphorical investigation into the turbid waters of the human soul. It is a political journey into the dark heart of European colonialism. It is a nightmare journey, into horror. It is a journey to nowhere, set on a boat lying motionless and at anchor on the river Thames, which also 'has been one of the dark places on the earth'. ..."

2011 November: Heart of Darkness, 2013 August: Victory (1915), 2014 May: Nostromo (1904).