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'The Mirror of the Sea' (1906) is a collection of autobiographical essays first published in various magazines between 1904 and 1906. Joseph Conrad lived an exciting and eventful life as a seaman, and as a writer he possessed a unique insight into human psychology, which is clearly reflected in his fictional works as well as in his essays. - Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-born author who left Poland in his teens to avoid enlistment in the Russian Army. He learned English aboard British ships and started writing in that language after settling in England. His most famous novel is 'Heart of Darkness' (1899), which was inspired by his experiences on the open sea.Show more
First published in 1906, The Mirror of the Sea was the first of Joseph Conrad's two autobiographical memoirs. Discussing it, he called the book "a very intimate revelation...I have attempted here to lay bare with the unreserve of a last hour's confession the terms of my relation with the sea, which beginning mysteriously, like any great passion the inscrutable Gods send to mortals, went on unreasoning and invincible, surviving the test of disillusion, defying the disenchantment that lurks in every day of a strenuous life; went on full of love's delight and love's anguish, facing them in open-eyed exultation without bitterness and without repining, from the first hour to the last." The Mirror of the Sea is a personal meditation on the sea and its meanings by one of the twentieth century's most important novelists. When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893, his seafaring career was over. He had travelled the world by then, risen in rank from apprentice to captain, survived shipwreck and turbulent seas. But, after nineteen years afloat he longed for the land, and wrote to his cousin of the "uniform grey of my existence." Once ashore, however, vivid memories of his past life began to surface. While steam and internal combustion were changing maritime travel forever, Conrad started to reflect on the voyages he had made in the Golden Age of Sail, the people and ships he had known, and the extraordinary communities whose lives, language, and very nature were shaped by the swells and silences of the open ocean.Show more
In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the 20th century. Heart of Darkness is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. Based on Conrad’s own 1890 trip up the Congo River, the story is told by Marlow, the novelist’s alter ego. It is a journey into darkness and horror - both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he encounters the morally depraved Mr. Kurtz. The Secret Sharer is the tale of a young sea captain’s first command as he sails into the Gulf of Siam - and into an encounter with his mysterious “double', the shadow self of the unconscious mind. Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filled his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and sin. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer encapsulate his literary achievements - and his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man. With an introduction by Joyce Carol Oatesand an afterword by Vince Passaro.Show more
Forty-two years old Marlow is drinking with four other Englishmen. They have known each other since the beginning of their working lives. Some of them have other jobs now, but they still gather to recall the good old days. Marlow tells his friends a story of his early life, when he travelled to the East as a young man in search of adventure. He shares his experience and impressions of the different cultures he came across with the four men. Where exactly do the five men meet? Where do they work now? What extraordinary story will Marlow tell them and how are his friends going to react to it? Find all the answers in Joseph Conrad’s autobiographical short story 'Youth' from 1898. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-born author who left Poland in his teens to avoid enlistment in the Russian Army. He learned English aboard British ships and started writing in the language after settling in England. His most famous novel is 'Heart of Darkness' (1899), which was inspired by his experiences on the open sea.Show more
Charles Marlow, sails up the Congo River to meet with Kurtz – a prosperous ivory trader and a man of great abilities. Marlow ends up signing a contract and becoming a riverboat captain for a Belgian company that trades in the Congo. He hopes that this contract will give him a good opportunity for career development. However, Marlow’s expectations quickly sour as he is faced with the evil of imperialism, witnessing violent acts and brutality against the local, native population. Why and how did Marlow decide to go to the Congo? Is Kurtz an evil man whose interests are controlled by money? Will the sailor regret signing his contract after seeing what the natives have to suffer? Will he try to help them? Find all the answers in Joseph Conrad’s novel 'Heart of Darkness' from 1899. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was a Polish-born author who left Poland in his teens to avoid enlistment in the Russian Army. He learned English aboard British ships and started writing in the language after settling in England. His most famous novel is 'Heart of Darkness' (1899), which was inspired by his experiences on the open sea.Show more
Der Geheimagent Roman von Joseph Conrad, gelesen von Sean Farrell. 1886: Im Londoner Stadtteil Soho betreibt Adolf Verloc einen kleinen, nicht allzu gut gehenden Laden, in dem er pornographische Erzeugnisse und Nippes verkauft. Er lebt mit seiner Frau Winnie und ihrem geistig behinderten Bruder Stevie in einer kleinen Wohnung hinter dem Laden. Was seine Frau nicht weiß: Er liefert Berichte über die anarchistischen Kreise, in denen er verkehrt, gegen gute Bezahlung an eine Botschaft. Zu dieser Botschaft wird er eines Tages zitiert. Der neue Sekretär Wladimir verlangt von Verloc mehr als nur Berichte, er soll einen Bombenanschlag auf das Observatorium von Greenwich ausführen. Der öffentliche Aufschrei über diesen Anschlag auf die Wissenschaft würde die lasche Haltung der britischen Polizei gegenüber den Anarchisten ändern, die auch die Sicherheit in seinem Land gefährdet. Der Anschlag misslingt, löst aber dafür eine Verkettung aus Hass und Mord aus... 'Eine spannende, ja aufregende Geschichte', befand der von ihr faszinierte Thomas Mann. Dieser Kriminalroman diente auch als Vorlage für Alfred Hitchcocks Verfilmung 'Sabotage'. Joseph Conrad selbst hielt dieses Werk für einen seiner besten Romane. Diese Hörbuchfassung folgt der ersten Übersetzung ins Deutsche von Ernst W. Freißler und dem darin enthaltenen Vorwort von Thomas Mann, das wir jedoch aus editorischen Erwägungen am Ende des Hörbuches als Bonustrack eingefügt haben. Die deutschsprachige Originalausgabe erschien erstmals 1926 im S. Fischer Verlag. Coverabbildung: Tini Eckardt, unter Verwendung der Stockfotovorlage-Nummer: 241065277 von Agnieszka Karpinska. Coverschrift gesetzt aus der Impact. Die Reihe words&music/audiolab verbindet ausgewählte literarische Texte aus aller Welt mit emotionaler Musik. Es entstehen vielleicht bisher ungeahnte Zugänge zum Textverständnis oder eröffnen im Zusammenspiel zwischen Inhalt, Klang und Form ganz neue Möglichkeiten des eigenen genussvollen Hörerlebens. Über den Sprecher: Sean Farrell, geb. 1987 in Berlin. Nachdem frühe musikalische Leidenschaft zu privatem Unterricht in Stimmbildung und Gesang führten, folgte später auf eine Ausbildung als Veranstaltungskaufmann ein internationales Studium in Media Conception & Production. Währenddessen und auch danach bei Film und Fernsehen tätig, zeichnete sich ein stetig zunehmender Hang zur Arbeit vor dem Mikrofon ab, angefangen im Bereich Werbung und Synchron und befeuert durch die Jahre als Musiker auf der Bühne sowie die Leidenschaft fürs gesprochene Wort. Mit 'Jugend' von Joseph Conrad gab er sein Debüt als Hörbuchsprecher bei hoerbuchedition words & music, jetzt setzt er mit 'Der Geheimagent' die Joseph-Conrad-Reihe fort.Show more
William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. Intrigue, espionage, and anarchy abound in what is still considered Conrad’s finest novel. Adolf Verloc, a Russian spy working for the police, is embroiled in a plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory. When the attack goes awry, Verloc must face the consequences. Beloved star of the screen and stage, Tim Pigott Smith provides a thrilling narration of this strikingly relevant tale.Show more
William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. This collection brings together the best British writing of the 20th century, narrated by a trio of beloved voices from the stage and screen. From the ghost stories of M.R. James to the intensity of D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, as well as the intrigue of Joseph Conrad’s spy thriller, The Secret Agent, these enthralling modern classics will delight every listener. These classic stories are read by The Jewel in the Crown’s Tim Pigott-Smith; legendary Shakespearean actor, Sir Michael Hordern; and Sir Ian McKellen. This collection includes: • The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, read by Tim Pigott-Smith • Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence, read by Sir Ian McKellen • Ghost Stories by M. R. James, read by Sir Michael HordernShow more
These British Isles, moored across from mainland Europe, are more often seen as a world unto themselves. Restless and creative, they often warred amongst themselves until they began a global push to forge a World Empire of territory, of trade and of language.Here our ambitions are only of the literary kind. These shores have mustered many masters of literature. So this anthology's boundaries includes only those authors who were born in the British Isles - which as a geographical definition is the UK mainland and the island of Ireland - and wrote in a familiar form of English.Whilst Daniel Defoe is the normal starting point we begin a little earlier with Aphra Behn, an equally colourful character as well as an astonishing playwright and poet. And this is how we begin to differentiate our offering; both in scope, in breadth and in depth. These islands have raised and nurtured female authors of the highest order and rank and more often than not they have been sidelined or ignored in favour of that other gender which usually gets the plaudits and the royalties.Way back when it was almost immoral that a woman should write. A few pages of verse might be tolerated but anything else brought ridicule and shame. That seems unfathomable now but centuries ago women really were chattel, with marriage being, as the Victorian author Charlotte Smith boldly stated 'legal prostitution'. Some of course did find a way through - Jane Austen, the Brontes and Virginia Woolf but for many others only by changing their names to that of men was it possible to get their book to publication and into a readers hands. Here we include George Eliot and other examples.We add further depth with many stories by authors who were famed and fawned over in their day. Some wrote only a hidden gem or two before succumbing to poverty and death. There was no second career as a game show guest, reality TV contestant or youtuber. They remain almost forgotten outposts of talent who never prospered despite devoted hours of pen and brain.Keeping to a chronological order helps us to highlight how authors through the ages played around with characters and narrative to achieve distinctive results across many scenarios, many styles and many genres. The short story became a sort of literary laboratory, an early disruptor, of how to present and how to appeal to a growing audience as a reflection of social and societal changes. Was this bound to happen or did a growing population that could read begin to influence rather than just accept?Moving through the centuries we gather a groundswell of authors as we hit the Victorian Age - an age of physical mass communication albeit only on an actual printed page. An audience was offered a multitude of forms: novels (both whole and in serialised form) essays, short stories, poems all in weekly, monthly and quarterly form. Many of these periodicals were founded or edited by literary behemoths from Dickens and Thackeray through to Jerome K Jerome and, even some female editors including Ethel Colburn Mayne, Alice Meynell and Ella D'Arcy.Now authors began to offer a wider, more diverse choice from social activism and justice - and injustice to cutting stories of manners and principles. From many forms of comedy to mental meltdowns, from science fiction to unrequited heartache. If you can imagine it an author probably wrote it. At the end of the 19th Century bestseller lists and then prizes, such as the Nobel and Pulitzer, helped focus an audience's attention to a books literary merit and sales worth. Previously coffeehouses, Imperial trade, unscrupulous overseas printers ignoring copyright restrictions, publishers with their book lists as an appendix and the gossip and interchange of polite society had been the main avenues to secure sales and profits.Show more
'Almayer’s Folly' (1895) is Joseph Conrad’s debut novel. It centers on the Dutch trader Kaspar Almayer, who comes to Borneo with a suitcaseful of dreams. He settles on the exotic island among the Malays and mainly deals in river trade. His half-Malay daughter, Nina, is met with reluctance by the local community. But Almayer wants to put an end to his waning career as a merchant and hopes to find the island's hidden gold mine, so that he can return to Amsterdam as a wealthy man, with his daughter, and give her both financial and social status. But fate can be cruel, not least in the colonies. This is the story of a man living at the edge of two cultures, having to adapt both sociologically and psychologically to a new environment. Here Conrad masterfully combines romance and adventure with moral and existential issues.Show more
Adolf Verlof runs a sex shop in 1880’s London, but his real profession is even shadier. He’s a so-called 'agent provocateur' for the Embassy, whose mission it is to infiltrate and spy on a relatively harmless group of anarchists. His employers are impatiently waiting for the group to do something radical enough that they can use it as an excuse to harden their actions against the many socialist and anarchistic groups that are sprouting up around the country. To move things along, they order Verlof to get the group to plant a bomb at Greenwich Observatory, a place that symboles world order.Show more
The classic novel that inspired Apocalypse Now A European trading concern hires Marlow to pilot a boat up the Congo River in search of Kurtz—a first-class ivory agent and the manager of the company’s highly profitable Inner Station—who is believed to be on his deathbed. With a handful of pilgrims as his passengers and a crew of cannibals, Marlow steams his way into the African interior. The terrifying discovery he makes at the end of his journey and the horrors he witnesses along the way have thrilled and disturbed readers for more than a century. A searing indictment of imperialism and a haunting exposé of mankind’s savage nature, Heart of Darkness is Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece.Show more
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