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Penguin, Nov 1, 1995 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Axel Heyst, a dreamer and a restless drifter, believes he can avoid suffering by cutting himself off from others. Then he becomes involved in the operation of a coal company on a remote island in the Malay Archipelago, and when it fails he turns his back on humanity once more. But his life alters when he rescues a young English girl, Lena, from Zangiacomo's Ladies' Orchestra and the evil innkeeper Schomberg, taking her to his island retreat. The affair between Heyst and Lena begins with her release, but the relationship shifts as Lena struggles to save Heyst from the detachment and isolation that have inhibited and influenced his life.

Marked by a violent and tragic conclusion, Victory is both a tale of rescue and adventure and a perceptive study of a complex relationship and of the power of love.


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User Review  - jerksuke - Goodreads

Good God, it took me two whole weeks to force my way through this book. I was rather excited to read it given the level of praise heaped upon it by other reviewers but alas, no. This book and I were ... Read full review

Review: Victory

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One of the later Conrad and likely the best. There was an HBO movie made of it with Willem Defoe as Heyst, but it was only ok. The first place I went in Warsaw was to Conrad's former residence (as a child) on Novy Swiat. Read full review



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Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Typhoon (1902), Youth (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), Chance (1913), and Victory (1915).

"From the Trade Paperback edition.

H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) is also the author of "Allan Quartermain" and "She,"
Giles Foden is the author of "The Last King of Scotland," which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film in 2006.
Robert Hampson is a professor of modern literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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