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Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad

Under Western Eyes (1911)

by Joseph Conrad

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    giovannigf: Conrad's most Dostoevsky-esque novel (supposedly written as a retort to Crime and Punishment) shares some of the themes and subjects of Coetzee's novel in which Dostoevsky is the protagonist. Both will help you when you're jonesin' for more Dostoevsky.

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Joseph Conrad is a master of imprinting settings and characters whose minds and appearances
are both vivid and demanding.

Unfortunately, in Under Western Eyes, none of the characters inspire compassion or much interest.

Worse still, the plot drags on and on with scant suspense and a patchy and unsatisfying ending.

If only Razumov had tossed the brown packet of rubles to a poor person,
readers might have some respect for his evolving character.

Instead, we are faced with a man who makes an unenviable decision to turn in
a murderer who has killed to advance a cause which Razumov actually believes in.

He doesn't want this man who has come to him for safety and help to ruin his life;
he does that himself. ( )
  m.belljackson | Feb 19, 2017 |
At times slow, as with much of Conrad, but still, preferable for me to Dostoevsky.

My YouTube review is here: https://youtu.be/fnDmJ0qjS4A ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jul 3, 2016 |
Very much in the style of Dostoevsky (not my favorite Russian author) but intriguing look at a young man caught between revolutionaries and self-interest. The double meanings of much of the text are marvelously done. This Conrad novel, from 1911, is quite different from his most famous "Heart of Darkness". ( )
1 vote leslie.98 | Jan 17, 2016 |
a great story which i wish someone else had written. i found conrad very hard to follow. ( )
  mahallett | Aug 18, 2015 |
The master -- remarkably prescient about how the 20th century was going to go. ( )
1 vote ben_a | Feb 1, 2015 |
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Joseph Conradprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hawthorn, JeremyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawthorn, JeremyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Makovsky, VlaadimirCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyers, JeffreyIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mosley, FrancisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I would take liberty from any hand
as a hungry man would snatch at a piece of bread.
- Miss Haldin
Agnes Tobin
who brought to our door
her genius for friendship
from the uttermost shore
of the west
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To begin with I wish to disclaim the possession of those high gifts of imagination and expression which would have enabled my pen to create for the reader the personality of the man who called himself, after the Russian custom, Cyril son of Isidor - Kirylo Sidorovitch - Razumov.
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What is the "Russian/

   Psyche" anyway?  Joe  finds/

   It heroic/weird.

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Under Western Eyes traces a sequence or error, guilt, and expiation. Its composition placed such demands upon Conrad that he suffered a serious breakdown upon its completion. It is by common critical consent one of his finest achievements. Bomb-throwing assassins, political repression and revolt, emigre revolutionaries infiltrated by a government spy: much of Under Western Eyes (1911) is more topical than we might wish. Set in tsarist Russia and in Geneva, its concern with perennial issues of human responsibility gives it a lasting moral force. The contradictory demands placed upon men and women by the social and political convulsions of the modern age have never been more revealingly depicted. Joseph Conrad personally felt no sympathy with either Russians or revolutionaries. None the less his portrayal of both in Under Western Eyes is dispassionate and disinterested. Through the Western eyes of his narrator we are given a sombre but not entirely pessimistic view of the human dilemmas which are born of oppression and violence.

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A story of revolutionaries set in Switzerland and Russia. Conrad's intention was to render not so much the political but the psychological state of Russia in 1911.

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