Victory: An Island Tale

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Fiction - 333 pages
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'Victory, don't forget, has come out of my innermost self.'Victory was the last of Conrad's novels to be set in the Malay Archipelago. Sub-titled 'An Island Tale', it tells the story of Axel Heyst who, damaged by his dead father's nihilistic philosophy, has retreated from the world of commerce and colonial exploration to live alone on the island ofSamburan. But Heyst's solitary existence ends when he rescues an English girl from her rapacious patron and takes her off to his retreat. She in turn recalls him to love and life, until the world breaks in on them once more with tragic consequences. In this love story Conrad created two of hispsychologically most complex and compelling characters in a narrative of great erotic power.This new edition uses the English first edition text and has a new chronology and bibliography.
 

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Mara Kalnins is Fellow in English at Corpus Christi College and Staff Tutor in Literature at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. She has written and edited several books on D. H. Lawrence and i the General Editor of the works of Joseph Conrad in OWC.

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