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Joseph Conrad revisited

This special series of articles about the life and work of Joseph Conrad first appeared in Issue 5/2017 of New Eastern Europe. Subscribe now.

September 15, 2017 - New Eastern Europe - ConradIssue #5/2017Stories and ideas

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The first transnational author

By: Laurence Davies

For a man who sometimes liked to present himself as a simple mariner, Joseph Conrad had a remarkably subtle understanding of simplicity. At the same time, his vast experience and understanding of the world through his travels as a mariner helped him write on complex issues like nationhood, migration and identity – topics which today seem particularly relevant.

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Joseph Conrad. A Polish and European writer

By: Kinga Anna Gajda

Joseph Conrad was convinced of Poland’s great contribution to Europe. In his writings, he would present his homeland as a place with a great history and tradition. For Conrad, Poland was the beacon of Europe and Europeaness – always eager to defend western civilisation.

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Joseph Conrad and the East

By: Douglas Kerr

One of the most acute of chroniclers and critics of 19th century European empires of the east was neither a historian nor a political scientist, but a Polish mariner who became a writer of fiction in a language not his own.

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Lord Jim in the 21st Century

By: Gene M. Moore

Earlier generations found it easier to appreciate Lord Jim as a tale of a flawed hero who ultimately finds moral redemption in a tragic and suicidal death. In contrast, latter-day critics tend to regard the novel not only as a complex masterpiece of high modernism but also as an ironic revelation of the human cost of white colonial sovereignty.

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Wherever you may sail, you are always sailing towards Poland

A conversation with Professor Zdzisław Najder, a historian of literature and expert on Joseph Conrad. Interviewer: Grzegorz Nurek

The section on Joseph Conrad is co-financed by the City of Kraków and the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. 

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