By Joseph Conrad
'I have heard no finish of stories of his power, his audacity, his fidelity...incorruptible! it really is certainly a reputation of honour for the Capataz of the Cargadores of Sulaco.'
One of the best political novels in any language, Nostromo enacts the institution of contemporary capitalism in a distant South American province locked among the Andes and the Pacific. within the harbourtown of Sulaco, a shiny solid of characters is stuck up in a civil struggle to choose even if its fabulously prosperous silver mine, funded through American funds yet owned by means of a third-generation English immigrant, will be preserved from the palms of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of every person, and Nostromo, the principled Capataz, is proven to the limit.
Conrad's evocation of the nice Latin-American landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and participants swept up in imperial goals hasn't ever been bettered. This variation deals new insights into Conrad's masterpiece.
Readership: Readers and scholars of the novel,twentieth-century literature, the heritage of the unconventional, the political novel, Conrad.
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They will be showing him to everybody. ’ ” She laughed ominously. “What a name! What is that? Nostromo? ” 20 Nostromo Meantime Giorgio, with tranquil movements, had been unfastening the door; the ﬂood of light fell on Signora Teresa, with her two girls gathered to her side, a picturesque woman in a pose of maternal exaltation. Behind her the wall was dazzlingly white, and the crude colours of the Garibaldi lithograph glowed in the sunshine. Old Viola, at the door, moved his arm upward as if referring all his quick, ﬂeeting thoughts to the picture of his old chief on the wall.
G. Wells, The Time Machine; death of Engels; Hardy, Jude the Obscure Puccini, La Bohème; death of William Morris Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee; H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man Curies discover radium; Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol; H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds Boer War begins Russia occupies Manchuria; Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams; deaths of Oscar Wilde, Ruskin, Nietzsche, Crane Death of Queen Victoria; Marconi transmits ﬁrst transatlantic Morse Code signal; Kipling, Kim Chronology Life 1902 November: Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories (‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘The End of the Tether’) 1903 April: Typhoon and Other Stories October: Romance (with Ford) 1904 October: Nostromo 1905 January–May: resides in Capri, Italy; June: One Day More staged in London 1906 Meets Arthur Marwood, who becomes a close friend; 2 August: John Conrad born; October: The Mirror of the Sea: Memories and Impressions 1907 May–August: at Champel-les-Bains for the children’s health; September: The Secret Agent; moves to Someries, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire 1908 August: A Set of Six 1909 February: moves to rented rooms in Aldington, near Hythe, Kent; July: deteriorating relations with Ford culminate in a break 1910 January: quarrels with Pinker; physical and mental breakdown for three months; June: moves to new home, Capel House, Orlestone, Kent 1911 October: Under Western Eyes 1912 January: Some Reminiscences (later retitled A Personal Record); October: ’Twixt Land and Sea xxxix Historical and Cultural Background Balfour’s Education Act; death of Zola; Gorky, The Lower Depths Wright brothers’ ﬁrst ﬂight; Shaw, Man and Superman; James, The Ambassadors; Butler, The Way of All Flesh Russo-Japanese War; Anglo-French Entente Cordiale; Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard; James, The Golden Bowl; death of Chekhov Abortive revolution in Russia; beginning of the Women’s Suﬀrage Movement; Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality; Debussy, La Mer Anglo-Russian Entente; death of Ibsen; Galsworthy, The Man of Property Cubist Exhibition in Paris; Shaw, Major Barbara Bennett, The Old Wives’ Tale Peary reaches the North Pole; Blériot ﬂies across the Channel; Marinetti launches the Futurist movement The Union of South Africa created; death of Tolstoy; Post-Impressionist Exhibition, London; E.
Mrs. Viola was an Italian, too, a native of Spezzia,* and though considerably younger than her husband, already middle-aged. She had a handsome face, whose complexion had turned yellow because the climate of Sulaco did not suit her at all. Her voice was a rich contralto. When, with her arms folded tight under her ample bosom, she scolded the squat, thick-legged China girls handling linen, plucking fowls, pounding corn in wooden mortars amongst the mud outbuildings at the back of the house, she could bring out such an impassioned, vibrating, sepulchral note that the chained watch-dog bolted into his kennel with a great rattle.