Two short novels--Heart of Darkness a story of human savagery and corruption set in Africa, and The Secret Sharer, about the conflicting loyalties of a ship's officer forced to confront a profound moral dilemma - depict humankind's potential for good and evil. Reissue.
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: Heart Of Darkness
. The story of the civilized, enlightened Mr. Kurtz who embarks on a harrowing "night journey" into the savage heart of Africa, only to find his dark and evil soul. The Secret Sharer
. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense. As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth -- and comes face to face with the secret itself. Heart Of Darkness
and The Secret Sharer
draw on actual events and people that Conrad met or heard about during his many far-flung travels. In portraying men whose incredible journeys on land and at sea are also symbolic voyages into their own mysterious depths, these two masterful works give credence to Conrad's acclaim as a major psychological writer.