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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad
Editor John Lyon

Oxford University Press | July 12, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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''An impenetrable mystery seems destined to hang for ever over this act of madness or despair.'' Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London''s Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be ''A Simple Tale'' proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London''s fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations. Based on the text which Conrad''s first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a critical introduction which describes Conrad''s great London novel as the realization of a ''monstrous town'', a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 in

Published: July 12, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019953635X

ISBN - 13: 9780199536351

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

by Joseph Conrad
Editor John Lyon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 in

Published: July 12, 2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 019953635X

ISBN - 13: 9780199536351

About the Book

Inspired by an actual attempt in 1894 to blow up London's Greenwich Observatory, here is a chillingly prophetic examination of contemporary terrorism and the literary precursor to today's espionage thriller. Revised reissue.

From the Publisher

''An impenetrable mystery seems destined to hang for ever over this act of madness or despair.'' Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London''s Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be ''A Simple Tale'' proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London''s fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations. Based on the text which Conrad''s first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a critical introduction which describes Conrad''s great London novel as the realization of a ''monstrous town'', a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery.

About the Author

John Lyon has previously edited Conrad''s Youth/Heart of Darkness/The End of the Tether for Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, and novels by Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, and D. H. Lawrence.
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