Heart of darkness 1899 is a novella by polish english novelist joseph conrad about a narrated voyage up the congo river into the congo free state in the so called heart of africa charles marlow the narrator tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the river thames. Heart of darkness and selected short fiction barnes noble classics series buy now heart of darkness sparknotes literature guide series buy now be book smarter sparknotes is brought to you by barnes noble. Heart of darkness is probably the title that has aroused and continues to arouse most literary critical debate not to say polemic this is partly because the story it tells has the visceral simplicity of great myth and also because the book takes its narrator charles marlow and the reader on a journey into the heart of africa. Heart of darkness novella by joseph conrad first published in 1902 with the story youth and thereafter published separately the story written at the height of the british empire reflects the physical and psychological shock conrad himself experienced in 1890 when he worked briefly in the belgian congo . Heart of darkness is structured as a frame tale not a first person narrative marlows story is told by the anonymous narrator who listens to marlow on the deck of the nellie conrads frame narrator like the reader learns that his ideas about european imperialism are founded on a number of lies that he wholeheartedly believed
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