The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

Book - 1998
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The Secret Agent is an astonishing book," said Ford Madox Ford. "It is one of the best--and certainly the most significant--
detective stories ever written."
        Set in late-nineteenth-century London, Joseph Conrad's intense political thriller anticipates the espionage novels of such writers as Graham Greene and John le Carré. It concerns a double agent who is charged with provoking the radical group he has infiltrated into an act of sabotage that will bring about its own destruction. In a marvelously drawn underworld of political and criminal intrigue, Conrad brilliantly explores the confused motives that lie at the heart of terrorism. Extraor-dinarily modern in the ironic view it takes of human affairs, this masterly tale of conspiracy builds to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis called "one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction."
        "The Secret Agent is an altogether thrilling 'crime story' . . . a
political novel of a foreign embassy intrigue and its tragic human out-come," said Thomas Mann. And F. R. Leavis deemed it "one of Conrad's supreme masterpieces . . . one of the unquestioned classics of the first order that he added to the English novel."

Baker & Taylor
Conrad's 1907 thriller about terrorism and the London police follows an anarchist whose desolation and despair leads to an attempt to destroy the Greenwich Observatory. Reprint.

Blackwell North Amer
Set in late-nineteenth-century London, Joseph Conrad's intense political thriller anticipates the espionage novels of such writers as Graham Greene and John le Carre. It concerns a double agent who is charged with provoking the radical group he has infiltrated into an act of sabotage that will bring about its own destruction. In a marvelously drawn underworld of political and criminal intrigue, Conrad brilliantly explores the confused motives that lie at the heart of terrorism. Extraordinarily modern in the ironic view it takes of human affairs, this masterly tale of conspiracy builds to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis called "one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction."

Baker
& Taylor

Presents the story of an anarchist's desolation, which leads to his attempt to dynamite the Greenwich Observatory

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1998
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780375752520
0375752528
Branch Call Number: FICTION CONRAD
FICTION CONRAD
Characteristics: vii, 257 p. ; 21 cm

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avocadotree
May 12, 2017

this I found out while reading it was the unabomber's favorite book. It's quite messed up and gruesome. It wasn't long at all but it was somewhat complex. It took me ten whole days. I pretty much could only read one chapter per day. If you stick with it to the end the story does get very vivid. I would look also at some sort of reading guide that describes the way the timeline of the story jumps around a lot. Timelessly weird-ass book to be sure. Highest Rating!

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spenper
Jul 05, 2011

Pretty disturbing

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Blue_Ox_22 Mar 26, 2012

". . . ALL idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.* Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have I no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.”

p. 31

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