The Secret Agent: Centennial Editon

by E. L. Doctorow, Joseph Conrad

Penguin Publishing Group | April 3, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Secret Agent: Centennial Editon is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
This is the only novel that Conrad set in London, and it communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. Verloc, (a Russian spy who is also working for the police) is ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho.

The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.

Introduction by Paul Theroux

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Published: April 3, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101126892

ISBN - 13: 9781101126899

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Conrad's secret society I must say when I first heard of The Secret Agent, I didn't exactly expect this sort of novel from Conrad. My other encounters with one of the 20th century's greatest writers - Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness - were sea-faring novels, a far cry from this novel of political subterfuges, domestic strife, and English society. The Secret Agent is a very dark London novel, where Adolph Verloc runs a seedy Soho pornography shop which serves as his "ostensible business," with his real business being a secret agent for a mysterious foreign power - most likely Russia. When Verloc is forced to bomb the Greenwich Observatory, which will look like an anarchist terrorist attack, Verloc becomes extremely troubled and the implications will ultimately destroy his quaint domestic life. An interesting novel with a great, heart-breaking plot, plus an excellent twist. My favourite Conrad thus far.
Date published: 2010-11-22

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The Secret Agent: Centennial Editon

by E. L. Doctorow, Joseph Conrad

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 3, 2007

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101126892

ISBN - 13: 9781101126899

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This is the only novel that Conrad set in London, and it communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. Verloc, (a Russian spy who is also working for the police) is ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho.

The Secret Agent is the unsurpassed ancestor of a long series of twentieth-century novels and films which explore the confused motives that lie at the heart of political terrorism. In its use of powerful psychological insight to intensify narrative suspense, it set the terms by which subsequent works in its genre were created. Conrad was the first novelist to discover the strange in-between territory of the political exile, and his genius was such that we still have no truer map of that region's moral terrain than his story of a terrorist plot and its tragic consequences for the guilty and innocent alike.

Introduction by Paul Theroux

(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)