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Nostromo

by JOSEPH CONRAD

January 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback |

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BEFORE BECOMING A LEADING modernist writer, Joseph Conrad, was first a sailor whose travels to exotic lands around the world were later mirrored in his explorations into human nature in his novels. Nostromo, published just over a century ago, takes place in the small fictional South American port and mining town of Sulaco, Costaguana. Sen~or Gould, who owns a silver mine in Sulaco, has had enough of the corruption in his native country. However, his efforts to bring stability to the country result in his mine becoming a pawn in the hands of the warlords and revolutionaries. Gould entrusts his silver to Nostromo, a longshoreman whom he believes to be upstanding and moral. In Conrad's novels, though, no one is incorruptible, and rot and decay are rampant inside and out. Dramatic in its storytelling and spectacular in its description of the subtropical landscape, Nostromo exposes the reality of a lawless society and the resulting moral corruption on every page through Conrad's impeccable style.

In the time of Spanish rule, and for many years afterwards, the town of Sulaco--the luxuriant beauty of the orange gardens bears witness to its antiquity--had never been commercially anything more important than a coasting port with a fairly large local trade in ox-hides and indigo. The clumsy deep-sea galleons of the conquerors that, needing a brisk gale to move at all, would lie becalmed, where your modern ship built on clipper lines forges ahead by the mere flapping of her sails, had been barred out of Sulaco by the prevailing calms of its vast gulf. Some harbours of the earth are made difficult of access by the treachery of sunken rocks and the tempests of their shores. Sulaco had found an inviolable sanctuary from the temptations of a trading world in the solemn hush of the deep Golfo Placido as if within an enormous semi-circular and unroofed temple open to the ocean, with its walls of lofty mountains hung with the mourning draperies of cloud.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030729188X

ISBN - 13: 9780307291882

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Nostromo

by JOSEPH CONRAD

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 1, 2011

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030729188X

ISBN - 13: 9780307291882

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BEFORE BECOMING A LEADING modernist writer, Joseph Conrad, was first a sailor whose travels to exotic lands around the world were later mirrored in his explorations into human nature in his novels. Nostromo, published just over a century ago, takes place in the small fictional South American port and mining town of Sulaco, Costaguana. Sen~or Gould, who owns a silver mine in Sulaco, has had enough of the corruption in his native country. However, his efforts to bring stability to the country result in his mine becoming a pawn in the hands of the warlords and revolutionaries. Gould entrusts his silver to Nostromo, a longshoreman whom he believes to be upstanding and moral. In Conrad's novels, though, no one is incorruptible, and rot and decay are rampant inside and out. Dramatic in its storytelling and spectacular in its description of the subtropical landscape, Nostromo exposes the reality of a lawless society and the resulting moral corruption on every page through Conrad's impeccable style.

In the time of Spanish rule, and for many years afterwards, the town of Sulaco--the luxuriant beauty of the orange gardens bears witness to its antiquity--had never been commercially anything more important than a coasting port with a fairly large local trade in ox-hides and indigo. The clumsy deep-sea galleons of the conquerors that, needing a brisk gale to move at all, would lie becalmed, where your modern ship built on clipper lines forges ahead by the mere flapping of her sails, had been barred out of Sulaco by the prevailing calms of its vast gulf. Some harbours of the earth are made difficult of access by the treachery of sunken rocks and the tempests of their shores. Sulaco had found an inviolable sanctuary from the temptations of a trading world in the solemn hush of the deep Golfo Placido as if within an enormous semi-circular and unroofed temple open to the ocean, with its walls of lofty mountains hung with the mourning draperies of cloud.

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Conrad's foresight and his ability to pluck the human adventure from complex historical circumstances were such that his greatest novel, Nostromo -- though nearly one hundred years old -- says as much about today's Latin America as any of the finest recent accounts of that region's turbulent political life. Insistently dramatic in its storytelling, spectacular in its recreation of the subtropical landscape, this picture of an insurrectionary society and the opportunities it provides for moral corruption gleams on every page with its author's dry, undeceived, impeccable intelligence.

About the Author

Joseph Conrad, christened Josef Teodor Konrad, Nalecz Korzeniowski, was born on December 3, 1857, in a part of Russia that had once belonged to Poland. His parents were members of the landed gentry, but as ardent Polish patriots, the suffered considerably for their political views. Orphaned at eleven, Conrad attended school for a few years in Cracow, He soon concluded, however, that there was no future for a Pole in occupied Poland, and at sixteen he left his ancestral home forever. The sea was Conrad's love and career for the next twenty years. In the French merchant marine, he sailed to the West. Indies, smuggled guns to Spanish rebels, ran into debt, and bungled a suicide attempt Then in the British merchant navy, he rose to first mate and finally to captain, sailing to Australia and Borneo and surviving at least one shipwreck. In 1890 he contracted to become captain of a Congo River steamer, but the six months he spent in Africa led only to disillusionment and ill health; this episode would become the basis for Conrad's masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. Reluctantly leaving the merchant service, he settled in England and completed his first novel, Almayer's Folly, already begun at sea. Hi subsequent works, many of which drew upon his sea experiences, include The Nigger of the "Narcissus" (1897), Lord Jim (1900), Heart of Darkness (1902), Youth (1902) Typhoon (1903), Nastromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), The Secret Sharer (1910), Under the Western Eyes (1911), and Chance
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