Secret Agent

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Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a Polish novelist. Many critics regard him as one of the greatest novelists in the English language-a fact that is remarkable as he did not learn to speak English fluently until he was in his twenties (albeit always with a Polish accent).

It has been said that you can judge a person by the people he or she associates with... the close friends. If that is true, then one should have no trouble judging Joseph Conrad, because his friends include Bertrand Russell, T.E. Lawrence, and H.G. Wells.

Several of Joseph Conrad's novels have been made into films (Lord Jim, etc.) And Secret Agent is one of them... First in 1936 by Alfred Hitchcock, entitled Sabotage, starring John Gielgud, and again in 1996 under its real name, with Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu, and Robin Williams as the Professor.

Another one of Conrad's novels was also made into a film that has now become a classic. The book was Heart of Darkness, upon which the talented director Francis Ford Coppola created his famous motion picture Apocalypse Now.

An amazing thing about Conrad's remarkable talent for prose is that although writing in English, it was his third language, after Polish and French.

Secret Agent

A Magic Lamp Classic Mystery

Authored by Joseph Conrad

This is a classic novel based on actual events, the attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. The story revolves around a beautiful, young wife, her simple-minded brother, and her devoted but tortured husband, and is a mixture of love story, espionage, and mystery that continues to entertain many years after its original publication date.

The main character, Mr. Verloc, owns a store that sells pornography... and along with his wife and her brother, they present the reader with what might be described as a dysfunctional family.

If you're looking for a happy ending, you won't find it in this book, but suffice it to say that everyone involved winds up getting what they deserved.

Publication Date:
1882629949 / 9781882629947
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional

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