Under Western Eyes

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Broadview Press, Nov 13, 2009 - Fiction - 414 pages
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Joseph Conrad’s last overtly political novel, Under Western Eyes is considered to be one of his greatest works. Set in pre-Revolutionary Russia, the novel tells the story of a young student involuntarily involved in an assassination and explores themes of terrorism, surveillance, and the suffering of ordinary people caught up in political strife.

The critical introduction and appendices to this Broadview Edition provide context for Conrad’s political views, as well as Eastern European anarchism and terrorism. Appendices include Conrad’s letters on the novel’s composition, reviews of the novel, and contemporary accounts of a political assassination.

 

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User Review  - pessoanongrata - LibraryThing

V.S. Naipaul couldn't have put it better when describing the merit of this book (paraphrased): The novel begins with the promise of Dostoevskian themes, but trails off into analysis. But those first one-hundred pages: six stars. Amazing... Read full review

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Apolitical Russian student Razumov comes home one evening to find a fellow student, Haldin, waiting for him in his rooms. Haldin tells him that he has assassinated a despotic government minister on ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
37
A Note on the Text
40
UNDER WESTERN EYES
43
Selected Letters
327
Contemporary Reviews
338
Contemporary Accounts of the Assassination of de Pleve
345
Illustrations of the Assassination of de Pleve
364
The Central Committee of the Party of SocialistRevolutionaries To the Whole Russian Peasantry July 1904
367
Joseph Conrad Autocracy and War 1905
371
Select Bibliography
399
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John Peters is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

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