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Duel, The (Art of the Novella) Paperback – 22 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING (22 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935554514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935554516
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Conrad (originally Józef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski) was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. His parents, ardent Polish patriots, died when he was a child, following their exile for anti-Russian activities, and he came under the protection of his tradition-conscious uncle, Thaddeus Bobrowski, who watched over him for the next twenty-five years.

In 1874 Bobrowski conceded to his nephew's passionate desire to go to sea, and Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice.

In 1886 he obtained British nationality and his Master's certificate in the British Merchant Service. Eight years later he left the sea to devote himself to writing, publishing his first novel, Almayer's Folly, in 1895. The following year he married Jessie George and eventually settled in Kent, where he produced within fifteen years such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.

He continued to write until his death in 1924. Today Conrad is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction in English - his third language.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marty on 30 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the orgininal book from the Ridley Scott film which I thought so-so. The story languished upon my shelf for thirty years and then, for my birthday, someone gave me this volume, wherein The Duel is published in isolation for the first time. So I finally read it this week, and it turns out to be among the best books I have ever read.

It concerns two officers in Napoleon's Grand Army who duel on several occasions over many years. It evokes the spirit of dueling which I always thought stupid. Yet both men are dignified and fallible, and simply operated in another time. It's billed as ironic and anti-duelling but I think it's actually more ambivalent about duelling. And it certainly marries tender feelings to wilful violence. A first, thought-provoking and ultimately very touching novella.
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Point of Honor 26 Mar. 2015
By Bartok Kinski - Published on
Format: Paperback
”Haven’t you heard of the duel going on ever since 1801?” (Joseph Conrad The Duel)

Superb story by Joseph Conrad. Details the account of two Duellist Hussars (Feraud and D'Hubert) in the Napoleonic era French Army.

Also read:

Casanova’s The Duel

Chekhov’s The Duel

Conrad’s The Duel

Kleist’s The Duel

Kuprin’s The Duel

Borges' The Duel

"Napoleon I., whose career had the quality of a duel against the whole of Europe, disliked duelling between the officers of his army. The great military emperor was not a swashbuckler, and had little respect for tradition." (Joseph Conrad The Duel)
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