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About the Author: Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski ) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.

Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard British ships, learning English from his shipmates. He was made a Master Mariner, and served more than sixteen years before an event inspired him to try his hand at writing.

He was hired to take a steamship into Africa, and according to Conrad, the experience of seeing firsthand the horrors of colonial rule left him a changed man.

Joseph Conrad settled in England in 1894, the year before he published his first novel. He was deeply interested in a small number of writers both in French and English whose work he studied carefully. This was useful when, because a need to come to terms with his experience, lead him to write Heart of Darkness, in 1899, which was followed by other fictionalized explorations of his life.

He has been lauded as one of the most powerful, insightful, and disturbing novelists in the English canon despite coming to English later in life, which allowed him to combine it with the sensibilities of French, Russian, and Polish literature.


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Paperback, by Atalanta

ISBN10: 8493462519 | ISBN13: 9788493462512

Page count: 129

Joseph Conrad escribió una serie de obras maestras que introdujeron en la novela de aventuras una profundidad psicológica y estilística que lo han convertido en uno de los escritores más notables de todos los tiempos. Considerada como una de sus mejores piezas literarias de madurez, El copartícipe secreto, fue escrita en 1911 durante uno de los periodos más fecundos y agotadores de su vida. Enfermo como estaba de paludismo, y a la vez inmerso en la ejecución de varios libros, Conrad, no obstante, terminó este relato con excepcional rapidez, según escribió a su amigo Galsworthy.

El capitán-narrador de este relato revive como propia, la desesperada experiencia de un intruso salido del mar, al que se ve obligado a recoger una noche en su barco; nadie más que él sabe que está a bordo; circunstancia que produce una sorda tensión en los protagonistas, que irá en aumento a medida que se desarrolla la historia.

Como sugiere Jules Cashford –autora del ensayo que cierra este libro–, El copartícipe secreto es un microcosmos sobre el que gravitan los principales temas conradianos: el valor y la rectitud moral frente a la adversidad, las pruebas a las que se ve sometida la conciencia humana en ciertas ocasiones, el indescifrable misterio que guía el destino de cada cual, y, como telón de fondo, la continua presencia del mar en el que tranquilamente navegamos «flotando sobre un abismo...»

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