Written at the start of the
Great War, when his son Borys was at the Western Front, The
Shadow-Line is Conrad’s supreme effort to open man’s eyes to
the meaning of war through the stimulus of art. In many ways an
autobiographical narrative, this masterpiece relates the story of a young and
inexperienced sea captain whose first command finds him with a ship becalmed in
tropical seas and a crew smitten with fever. As he wrestles with his conscience
and with the sense of isolation that his position imposes, the captain crosses
the “shadow-line” between youth and adulthood.
The qualities needed to confront the ship’s
crisis symbolize the very qualities needed by humanity, not only to face evil
and destruction, but also to come to terms with life. Download and start listening now!