A masterpiece of twentieth-century writing, Heart of Darkness (1902) exposes the tenuous fabric that holds civilization together and the brutal horror at the center of European colonialism. Conrads crowning achievement recounts Marlows physical and psychological journey deep into the heart of the Belgian Congo in search of the mysterious trader Kurtz.
Joyce Carol Oates on Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness:
Heart of Darkness has had an influence that goes beyond the specifically literary. This parable of a mans heart of darkness dramatized in the alleged Dark Continent of Africa transcended its late Victorian era to acquire the stature of one of the great, if troubling, visionary works of western civilization.