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Author: Maya Jasanoff Narrator: Laurel Lefkow, Laurel Lekfow Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2017 ISBN: 9780525498384
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“Enlightening, compassionate, superb” —John Le Carré

Winner of the 2018 Cundhill History Prize

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

One of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017

A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today


Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: these forces shaped Joseph Conrad’s destiny at the dawn of the twentieth century. In this brilliant new interpretation of one of the great voices in modern literature, Maya Jasanoff reveals Conrad as a prophet of globalization. As an immigrant from Poland to England, and in travels from Malaya to Congo to the Caribbean, Conrad navigated an interconnected world, and captured it in a literary oeuvre of extraordinary depth. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out, and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world.
 
Joseph Conrad was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in 1857, to Polish parents in the Russian Empire. At sixteen he left the landlocked heart of Europe to become a sailor, and for the next twenty years travelled the world’s oceans before settling permanently in England as an author. He saw the surging, competitive "new imperialism" that planted a flag in almost every populated part of the globe. He got a close look, too, at the places “beyond the end of telegraph cables and mail-boat lines,” and the hypocrisy of the west’s most cherished ideals.
 
In a compelling blend of history, biography, and travelogue, Maya Jasanoff follows Conrad’s routes and the stories of his four greatest works—The Secret AgentLord JimHeart of Darkness, and Nostromo. Genre-bending, intellectually thrilling, and deeply humane, The Dawn Watch embarks on a spell-binding expedition into the dark heart of Conrad’s world—and through it to our own. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laurel Lefkow proves a sensitive and highly effective narrator. Like Jasanoff’s, her contemporary female voice speaks with compassionate objectivity about factors such as the role Conrad’s clinical depression played in his life and writing. This is a fine selection for new readers of Conrad, and those of us who, decades ago, struggled through the heart of modernism.”

    AudioFile

  • “Enlightening, compassionate, superb.”

    John Le Carré, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “[Conrad’s] life story has been told many times, but Maya Jasanoff’s stands out for its vivid and imaginative writing.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Terrific…Weaving together biography, history, literature, and her own travels, this fascinating, beautifully written work…reveals how he inhabited and grappled with a world startlingly like our own.”

    NPR

  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017
  • A Vogue Best Book of 2017
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

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About the Author

Maya Jasanoff is the Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of the prize-winning Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850 and Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and the George Washington Book Prize. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, she won the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for nonfiction. Her essays and reviews appear frequently in publications including the New York Times, Guardian, and New York Review of Books.

About the Narrator

Laurel Lefkow is an accomplished radio actress and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audiobook narration. Her many theater credits include Look Back in Anger, Little Foxes, The Heiress, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Boy Next Door. On television she can be seen in A Class Act, Small Metal Jacket, and The Perfect Family.