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Compelling, exotic, and suspenseful, Heart of Darkness is far more than just an adventure story. The novel explores deep into the dark regions of the hearts and souls of its characters and into the conflicts prevalent in more “primitive” cultures. It is also a striking picture of the moral deterioration that can result from prolonged isolation.

Marlow, the story’s narrator, tells his friends of an experience in the British Congo where he once ran a river steamer for a trading company. He tells of the ivory traders’ cruel exploitation of the natives there. Chief among these is a greedy and treacherous European named Kurtz, who has used savagery to obtain semidivine power over the natives. While Marlow tries to get Kurtz back down the river, Kurtz tries to justify his actions, asserting that he has seen into the very heart of things.

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  • Heart of Darkness has had an influence that goes beyond the specifically literary. This parable of a man’s ‘heart of darkness’ dramatized in the alleged ‘Dark Continent’ of Africa transcended its late Victorian era to acquire the stature of one of the great, if troubling, visionary works of western civilization.”

    Joyce Carol Oates

  • “Once experienced, it is hard to let Heart of Darkness go. A masterpiece of surprise, of expression, and psychological nuance, of fury at colonial expansion and of how men make the least of life, the novella is like a poem, endlessly readable and worthy of rereading.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “One of literature’s most somber fictions. It explores fundamental questions about man’s nature: his capacity for evil; the necessity for restraint; the effect of physical darkness and isolation on a civilized soul; and the necessity of relinquishing pride for one’s own spiritual salvation.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “Born to Polish parents in what is now known as the Ukraine, Joseph Conrad would become one of the greatest writers in the English language…He not only solidified his place in the panethon of great novelists, but also established himself as a keen-eyed chronicler of the social and political themes that animated the contemporary world around him.”

    John G. Peters, author of Conrad and Impressionism

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anthony Whitehead | 2/8/2014

    " One of my most difficult and laborious reads ever. A story and lesson worth telling, to be sure, but there has to be a better way than this. As I read this, I couldn't help but to think, "The Geneva Convention was probably designed specifically to outlaw torture of this type - nothing contained in the book, just reading the book!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rob | 2/2/2014

    " I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't have seen Apocalypse now first. The casual racism did annoy me a little but I had to accept it as being a product of the times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " Wanted it to be darker. I need a British lit nerd to talk about this with me. I was hoping for an African "Apocalypse Now." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lex | 1/23/2014

    " Profound, hypnotically written with metaphors and allegory (and looong descriptions) in abundance. It was probably the most difficult read of my life and I think a lot went past my head though. Here's one I definitely have to return to later. "

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