Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, "Victory" tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst's remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.
"With "Victory," Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic," writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. "The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in "Victory" does "not" result in the exclusion of the popular reader."
The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.
About the Author
Joseph Conrad, (1857-1924) born JOzef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a Polish-born English novelist. Most of his works featured a nautical setting and depicted trials of the human spirit by the demands of duty and honor. Before he started writing, Conrad joined the French merchant marines and later joined the British navy. Some of his numerous works include, Heart of Darkness, The Arrow of Gold, The Secret Agent, An Outcast of the Islands, and Lord Jim.
STEPHEN KIMBER teaches journalism at King's College Halifax and is an author and magazine journalist.'
Tony Tanner was Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.
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