If most modern thrillers are like a boxing glove, showing you the force and direction, sometimes misdirection, of the punch, then this book is the inside of that glove – giving all the thoughts, feelings, assumptions and life choices that went into the punch. It’s an exquisite book that combines the pulse of a good plot with a convincing understanding of what makes people tick. Mr Verloc is a lazy spy in the pay of the French government in late 19th Century London. His job is to report on anarchists and revolutionaries as the tide of change and worker’s rights sweeps across Europe. England’s tolerant attitudes don’t suit Paris and so Verloc is asked to concoct a bombing atrocity in order to stiffen the backbone of the British Government.
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The Secret Agent (1907) builds a triangle of conspiracy, which is destroyed, by the self-interset of its participants. Mr Verloc, employed by a foreign embassy to incriminate an anarchist group, instead destroys his family, his illusions, and his own life, in a terrorist act gone utterly wrong. Conrad's ironic and troubling novel exposes the futility of political extremism and the strength,andvanity of human illusion.Review:
"An outstanding edition. First-time readers will welcome the eloquent introductory essay, which places The Secret Agent in the context of both Victorianism and modernism, as well as the very useful supplementary materials on anarchism and degeneration. And those already familiar with the novel will be prompted to re-read it in light of Agathocleous's claim that Conrad, along with his New Woman contemporaries, is exploring marriage and the condition of women as well." Amanda Claybaugh, Columbia University"
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Book Description PENGUIN BOOKS LTD, 1969. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140020594