Nostromo

Nostromo

A Tale of the Seaboard

Paperback - 2007
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One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo reenacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. In the harbor town of Sulaco, a vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine, funded by American money but owned by a third-generation English immigrant, can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit.
Conrad's evocation of Latin America--its grand landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and the tenacity of individuals swept up in imperial ambitions--has never been bettered. This edition features a new introduction with fresh historical and interpretative perspectives, as well as detailed explanatory notes which pay special attention to the literary, political, historical, and geographical allusions and implications of the novel. A map, a chronology of the narrative, a glossary of foreign terms, and an appendix reprinting the serial ending all complement what is sure to be the definitive edition of this classic work.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007 (2009 printing)
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780199555918
0199555915
9780192801548
0192801546
Characteristics: xli, 453 p. : map ; 20 cm.

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Oberösterreich99
Jan 15, 2018

Whereas Hesse describes a setting with great detail concisely, Conrad will do so ad nauseam.

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mahallett
Aug 29, 2014

i found this inexplicably long, boring, and hard to follow. what happened? did anything happen?

Jane60201 Oct 09, 2013

I read this as a class assignment. It is difficult reading but actually was pretty interesting. I liked the way Conrad was able to describe his imaginary country so vividly.

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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

Dictatorship and revolutionary violence, occur in the fictional province of Sulaco.

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