Joseph Conrad The Secret Agent

ISBN 13: 9780140861846

The Secret Agent

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9780140861846: The Secret Agent

From the seed of an actual attempt in 1894 to blow up the Greenwich Observatory, Conrad created this novel. It is about the world of the secret agent, of law and order and corrupt policemen. Repulsive characters and amoral caricatures collaborate to form a black satire on English society.

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"The Secret Agent" is an astonishing book. It is one of the best and certainly the most significant detective stories ever written. "Ford Madox Ford"
"The Secret Agent" is an altogether thrilling crime story . . . a political novel of a foreign embassy intrigue and its tragic human outcome. "Thomas Mann"
One of Conrad s supreme masterpieces. "F. R. Leavis"
["The Secret Agent"] was in effect the world s first political thriller spies, conspirators, wily policemen, murders, bombings . . . Conrad was also giving artistic expression to his domestic anxieties his overweight wife and problem child, his lack of money, his inactivity, his discomfort in London, his uneasiness in English society, his sense of exile, of being an alien . . . The novel has the perverse logic and derangement of a dream.
from the Introduction to the Everyman's Library edition by Paul Theroux"

"The Secret Agent is an astonishing book. It is one of the best--and certainly the most significant--detective stories ever written." --Ford Madox Ford
"The Secret Agent is an altogether thrilling 'crime story' . . . a political novel of a foreign embassy intrigue and its tragic human outcome." --Thomas Mann
"One of Conrad's supreme masterpieces." --F. R. Leavis
"[The Secret Agent] was in effect the world's first political thriller--spies, conspirators, wily policemen, murders, bombings . . . Conrad was also giving artistic expression to his domestic anxieties--his overweight wife and problem child, his lack of money, his inactivity, his discomfort in London, his uneasiness in English society, his sense of exile, of being an alien . . . The novel has the perverse logic and derangement of a dream."
--from the Introduction to the Everyman's Library edition by Paul Theroux

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