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The Secret Agent
Author: Joseph Conrad

ISBN: 9780451474292
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 4 August 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 10.4 x 2.0
Description:
Inspired by an actual attempt to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, The Secret Agent portrays the world of late-nineteenth-century London, with its fatuous civil servants, corrupt police, and squalid underworld characters like Verloc, a pornographer acting as a government informant. Verloc's assignment is to provoke the radicals whose group he has penetrated into committing an act of such violence that they will be discredited and their appeal to the masses destroyed. With its questionable characters and amoral caricatures, the novel is as much a black satire of English society as a frightening mirror of the present day.

With an Introduction by E. L. Doctorow and a New Afterword by Debra Romanick Baldwin

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857 1924) lived a life as fantastic as any of his fiction. His aristocratic parents were ardent Polish patriots who died when he was a child as a result of their revolutionary activities. Conrad went to sea at sixteen, taught himself English, and gradually worked his way up until he passed his master s examination and was given command of merchant ships in Asia and o...

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