Under Western Eyes

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Dover Publications, Nov 17, 2003 - Fiction - 249 pages
14 Reviews
Political turmoil convulses 19th-century Russia, as Razumov, a young student preparing for a career in the czarist bureaucracy, unwittingly becomes embroiled in the assassination of a public official. Asked to spy on the family of the assassin his close friend he must come to terms with timeless questions of accountability and human integrity.

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User Review  - Julian Meynell - Goodreads

Conrad channels Dostoevsky. Apparently Conrad did not care for Dostoevsky, but you wouldn't know it from this book. It is very reminiscent of Dostoevsky, in particular of Crime and Punishment. It's an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Irving Koppel - Goodreads

Like the Russian novel,"Crime and Punishment",Conrad traces the agony of one who has committed a crime by betraying a friend which leads to the friend's murder. The novel portrays the agony this young ... Read full review

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Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

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