Heart of Darkness



Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski   1857-1924), polish origin British novelist, he lived through the Victorian and Modernist period. He represented the intellectual crises. His parents fought for Poland’s independency, so Colonialism is in his own life. He leaves Poland in 1875 when he became a seaman and he travelled around the world. Conrad's experiences, especially in the Malay Archipelago and the Congo River in 1890, are reflected in their stories. He was considered a radical writer, the most radical writer during his period.
Conrad wrote 13 novels, two memoirs and 28 short stories. One of the most popular novels of Conrad's Lord Jim (1900), which explores the concept of honor through the actions and feelings of a man who spends his life trying to atone for his cowardice during a shipwreck in his youth.
Nostromo (1904), considered by many critics as his masterpiece. The Mirror of the Sea (1906) are works about his experiences in the sea. The Secret Agent (1907), reflects on the position of governments in the double politics. Terrorism. Double moral of states.   In 1912 he starts working in an autobiographical work Almayer’s Foll.
Life at sea and in foreign ports is the backdrop for most of his stories, but his obsession was the fundamental human condition and the individual's struggle between good and evil, which is reflected in his work Heart of Darkness, published in April 1899.
The novel takes place in Africa divided by the Europeans, in the Belgian Congo along the river Congo which was important to transport things. This novella has a tripartite structure. Moreover, the structure of Heart of Darkness is a framing narrative, that is to say, a story inside other one.
The main themes in the book are, the problems of politics (European countries ruling Africa) and psychology (Kurtz going...