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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 Jan 1970 by Abada Editores

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788496775534

Page count: 271

El negro del 'Narcissus' (1897 toma como punto de partida el viaje de Joseph Conrad a bordeo del barco del mismo nombre en 1884. Como sucede en muchos de sus relatos, los elementos biográficos toman forma a través de la vocación literaria, y cumplen la función testimonial a la que Edward Garnett le ungía cuando, tras la publicación de La locura de Almayer', apremiaba a Conrad a no abandonar sus vivencias al olvido. El negro del 'Narcissus' puede presentarse como un relato del mar, inspirado en una tradición representada por obras como los trabajadores del mar (1866) de Victor Hugo. Con esta novela, la tercera de su carrera, Conrad inaugurala línea que le llevará a escribir, en forma sucesiva, El corazón de las tinieblas (1899) y Lord Jim (1900). En las tres, la ambigüedad moral de los personajes clave y la ansiedad por dar testimonio de la experiencia vivida producen novelas complejas en cuanto a su estructura narrativa y sobrecargada de simbolismo. La oscuridad como metáfora epistemológica y moral es el tropo aglutinador en El negro del 'Narcissus', que también contiene una de las primerass formulaciones del ideal comunitario que Conrad encontró en la Marina, y del que se despide al final de esta novela: «¡Adiós hermanos! Fuisteis buenos marineros. Jamás habrá otros que se aferren con gritos tan salvajes a las trémulas velas de un pesado trinquete».

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