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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, Published in Oct 2012 by Ediciones Traspies

ISBN10: 8493950513 | ISBN13: 9788493950514

Page count: 64

Complemented with blunt, stark illustrations that capture the oppressive mood of the story, this translation of Joseph Conrad’s short story "An Outpost of Progress" relates the story of Kayerts and Carlier, two European men assigned to a remote trading post in an African jungle. Lacking any concrete tasks or sense of purpose, the men become increasingly isolated and desperate over time—until the story erupts in violence. Conrad’s bleak narrative cogently describes the fragility of the human body and mind as it rails against the philanthropic hypocrisy of colonialism and examines the imperfection of human language, the sterility of human effort, and the improbability of redemption.

Complementado por ilustraciones directas y austeras que capturan el tono opresivo de la historia, esta traducción del cuento corto de Joseph Conrad "Un puesto avanzado del progreso" relata la historia de Kayerts y Carlier, dos europeos asignados a un puesto mercantil en plena jungla africana. Careciendo de responsabilidades concretas o algún propósito específico, los hombres se van poniendo cada vez más aislados y desesperados, hasta que la historia estalla en violencia. La narrativa funesta de Conrad describe claramente la fragilidad del cuerpo y de la mente humana mientras denuncia la hipocresía filantrópica del colonialismo y examine la imperfección del lenguaje humano, la esterilidad del afán y la improbabilidad de la redención.

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