Nostromo (Oxford World's Classics) (2007 Edition) by Joseph Conrad

By Joseph Conrad

'I have heard no finish of stories of his energy, his audacity, his fidelity...incorruptible! it's certainly a reputation of honour for the Capataz of the Cargadores of Sulaco.'

One of the best political novels in any language, Nostromo enacts the institution of recent capitalism in a distant South American province locked among the Andes and the Pacific. within the harbourtown of Sulaco, a bright solid of characters is stuck up in a civil warfare to choose no matter if its fabulously prosperous silver mine, funded by way of American cash yet owned by way of a third-generation English immigrant, should be preserved from the palms of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of all people, and Nostromo, the principled Capataz, is established to the limit.

Conrad's evocation of the good Latin-American landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and contributors swept up in imperial pursuits hasn't ever been bettered. This version bargains new insights into Conrad's masterpiece.

Readership: Readers and scholars of the novel,twentieth-century literature, the background of the radical, the political novel, Conrad.

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There is no praise from strangers to be got here,” Senora Teresa said tragically. “Avanti! Yes! That is all he cares for. To be first somewhere—somehow—to be first with these English. They will be showing him to everybody. ’ ” She laughed ominously. “What a name! What is that? Nostromo? ” 20 Nostromo Meantime Giorgio, with tranquil movements, had been unfastening the door; the flood of light fell on Signora Teresa, with her two girls gathered to her side, a picturesque woman in a pose of maternal exaltation.

Then Signora Teresa, all in black, issuing from another door, advanced, portly and anxious, inclining her fine black-browed head, opening her arms and crying in a profound tone— “Giorgio! thou passionate man! Misericordia Divina! In the sun like this! ” At her feet the hens made off in all directions, with immense strides; if there were any engineers from up the line staying in Sulaco, a young English face or two would appear at the billiard room occupying one end of the house; but at the other end, in the café, Luis, the mulatto, took good care not to show himself.

The Great Tradition: George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad (London: Chatto & Windus, 1948). xxxii Select Bibliography Levenson, Michael, A Genealogy of Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984). —— Modernism and the Fate of Individuality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991). White, Allon, The Uses of Obscurity: The Fiction of Early Modernism (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981). , Knowledge and Experimental Realism in Conrad, Lawrence and Woolf (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987).

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