The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph ConradThe Secret Agent: A Simple Tale by Joseph Conrad

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale

byJoseph ConradEditorJohn Lyon

Paperback | July 12, 2008

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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 'ASimple 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.
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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Title:The Secret Agent: A Simple TaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:July 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953635X

ISBN - 13:9780199536351

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Draws you in Its a slow start, very descriptive but you feel like you are in this world with all of the detail
Date published: 2016-12-06