The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Paperback)

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By Joseph Conrad, Peter Mallios (Editor), Robert D. Kaplan (Introduction by)
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan
In reexamining "The Secret Agent" in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrad's surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism, calling the book a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.
This intense 1907 thriller a precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carre concerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society, building to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis deemed one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction.

About the Author

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) grew up amid political unrest in Russian-occupied Poland. After twenty years at sea with the French and British merchant navies, he settled in England in 1894. Over the next three decades he revolutionized the English novel with works such as Typhoon (1902), Youth (1902), Nostromo (1904), The Secret Agent (1907), Under Western Eyes (1911), Chance (1913), and Victory (1915).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812973051
ISBN-10: 0812973054
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: December 14th, 2004
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)