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Anarkisten by Joseph Conrad

Anarkisten (original 1907; edition 1976)

by Joseph Conrad (Author), Roland Adlerberth (Translator)

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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism and revolutionary groups. Conrad also deals with the notion of exploitation.

The novel's treatment of terrorism caused it to be one of the three most cited works of literature in the American media post Spetember 11, 2001.

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Authors:Joseph Conrad (Author)
Other authors:Roland Adlerberth (Translator)
Info:Stockholm : Tiden, 1976
Collections:Your library
Tags:Skönlitteratur, Ryssland, Sovjetunionen

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The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (1907)


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El desarrollo del personaje está muy bien llevado a cabo. ( )
  InigoAngulo | Sep 2, 2023 |
The more I read of Conrad, the less impressed I am with his actual word-by-word, sentence-by-sentence writing. Yes, he came to England and learned the language as a teen. But his command of the language is not totally solid and he uses a lot of words incorrectly or just plain makes them up (often based upon his learning French first and making too many baseless assumptions about the connections between the languages). That said, there is always a lot to unpack, he is a clever and wise writer, and his characters are always fascinating, as are his observations about people and their interactions with others. A good book but not as great as I had expected. ( )
  Gypsy_Boy | Aug 26, 2023 |
This book started off at a painfully slow pace but once a terrorist bomb was set off in the heart of London the pace really picked up and the characters started dropping like flies making for an overall pretty interesting read. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
I am beginning to think Joseph Conrad's books are less to do with the plot and more to do with the characters and their internalities of the world. Still, it was enjoyable enough to finish as his writing is well suited for this - lyrical long form sentences intimately outlining each character's worldview and motivations. Though, for someone like myself it took a bit of time at first to getting used to reading this style. I am more interested in the plot however, so I didn't gain as much benefit. But I definitely don't regret my decision in reading. Especially since it being a short and free read. ( )
  Harris023 | Apr 23, 2023 |
Reason Read: 1001, TBR/ROOT
This book was written in 1906 by Joseph Conrad. Its themes are terrorism/anarchism, politics.Sounds like today doesn't it? It was set in London in 1886. Anarchism is a unified organization but a collection of ideas on rejection of government and authority. The character Adolf Verloc is a spy living in London. His front is London shopkeeper. The anarchist are Michaelis who spent time in prison and really isn't much danger in any way, Comrade Ossipon, and "The Professor". Although largely ineffectual as terrorists, their actions are known to the police. The group produces anarchist literature. The story explores the lone anarchist, the bomb maker as the extreme form. This type abandons conventional morality and are not constrained by morality or social order. It shows that the ones hurt by political violence are the innocent and another point in the book is that anarchists and the legal authority are two sides of the same coin. ( )
  Kristelh | Oct 3, 2022 |
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Adell, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Adlerberth, RolandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Affinati, Eraldosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ambrosini, Richardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bassi, AnnagraziaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Danehl, GünterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Logu, PietroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, E. L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eisler, GeorgIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Freißler, Ernst W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giacobelli, FrancescoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Grimshaw, John AtkinsonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hibbert, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holtz, JürgenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karl, Frederick R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kivivuori, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mallios, Peter LancelotEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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South, AnnaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To H. G. Wells

The chronicler of Mr Lewisham's love
the biographer of Kipps and the
historian of the ages to come
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Mr. Verloc, going out in the morning, left his shop nominally in charge of his brother-in-law. It could be done, because there was very little business at any time, and practically none at all before the evening. Mr. Verloc cared but little about his ostensible business. And, moreover, his wife was in charge of his brother-in-law.
He talked to himself, indifferent to the sympathy or hostility of his hearers, indifferent indeed to their presence, from the habit he had acquired of thinking aloud hopefully in the solitude of the four whitewashed walls of his cell, in the sepuchral silence of the great blind pile of bricks near the river, sinister and ugly like a colossal mortuary for the socially drowned.
We can never cease to be ourselves.
With a more subtle intention, he took the part of an insolent and venemous evoker of sinister impulses which lurk in the blind envy and exasperated vanity of ignorance, in the suffering and misery of poverty, in all the hopeful and noble illusions of righteous anger, pity, and revolt. The shadow of his evil gift clung to him yet like the smell of a deadly drug in an old vial of poison, emptied now, useless, ready to be thrown away upon the rubbish-heap of things that had served their time.
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The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is an example of Conrad's later political writing, which moved away from his earlier, seafaring tales. The spy Mr. Verloc moves through London where he encounters anarchism, terrorism and revolutionary groups. Conrad also deals with the notion of exploitation.

The novel's treatment of terrorism caused it to be one of the three most cited works of literature in the American media post Spetember 11, 2001.


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