Posts tagged ‘Polish’

Under Western Eyes

Review by Steve Savage

A 19th-century Russian is said to have described his country’s constitution as ‘absolutism tempered by assassination’, and this 1911 novel by Joseph Conrad explores the twisting struggle between Russian autocracy and those working for its downfall – assassins, extremists, idealists, all sorts. An assassination is carried out in St Petersburg, and the tale of what follows is told by an English onlooker, ‘an old teacher of languages’ living in Geneva. (more…)

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November 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was born in 1857 in Berdichev (now Berdychiv) in the Ukraine to Polish parents. His original name was Jósef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. The family were exiled to Vologda where Conrad’s mother died in 1865. In 1869 his father died, and his uncle sent him to school in Kraków. Conrad went to sea at an early age, first in the French merchant fleet, and then on British ships. He became a British citizen in 1886 and started writing in English. His many novels include Almayer’s Folly, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes. He married and had two sons. In his later years, Conrad lived in a village in Kent, where he died in 1924.

November 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm Leave a comment


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