Passing the time while he and his shipmates wait for the tide to turn, Marlow, a seaman, tells of his journey up the Congo; a journey in search of ivory, wealth and power. His tale is dominated by the distant but fascinating figure of Kurtz; worshipped and feared by invaders and natives alike, he is a paradox - beloved, messianic, yet bizarre and dangerous. Marlow comes to be obsessed by Kurtz, and is drawn inexorably toward him and his terrible fate ...Conrad's story takes us not just into the heart of colonial Africa, but into the darkness of the human soul.
Joseph Conrad was born to Polish parents in the Russian-dominated Ukraine in 1857. He was orphaned at the age of 11. At 16, Conrad left Poland for France to fulfil his ambition to go to sea. He rose to position of Master Mariner in the British Merchant Navy and his time at sea provided him with rich material for his stories. Conrad settled in Britain in 1894. His works include: Lord Jim, Nostromo and The Secret Agent.