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Book Basics

Author: Joseph Conrad

Year Published: 1899

Type: Novella

Genre: Adventure

Perspective and Narrator:

Heart of Darkness has two first-person narrators. An unidentified man sets the scene of the story: a group of friends have gathered on a yacht on the River Thames, waiting for the tide to turn so they can head to sea. Three are identified by their former professions: the Lawyer, the Accountant, and the Director of Companies. Only Marlow is named. His account, a retrospective of his time in Africa, dominates the narrative. Marlow's tale is framed by the commentary of the fifth, unidentified, man.

Tense:

Heart of Darkness is narrated primarily in the past tense.

About the Title:

The title alludes to the essential concerns of this modernist novella: the mysteries of Africa, "the dark continent," from the colonialist point of view and the equally compelling mysteries of the ignorance, evil, and fear residing in the human heart.

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