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on 4 December 2006
The story "Heart of Darkness" (N.B. without `the') is a classic: a fascinating insight into the exploration and exploitation of Africa. Conrad can be hard to read, but it is well worth the effort: his language is masterful and his symbolism poignant. He manages to evoke the horrors of entering a dangerous and often absurd world, superbly using literary techniques (story-within-a-story, delayed decoding, etc) to bring tension and realism to the reader. He is critical of European imperialism (which was highly controversial when the book was published) and intentionally lays bare the hideous treatment the blacks received.
There are two films based on this book ("Heart of Darkness" and "Apocalypse Now") but neither of them manages to depict the feeling Conrad manages to put down here.