The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale.

Conrad, Joseph.

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Includes an excellent introduction by John Lyon. First published in 1907 it is set in London, where a group of anarchists plan to blow up Greenwich Observatory. Verloc persuades his half-witted, trusting brother-in-law, Stevie, to do the deed. But tragedy ensues and Stevie blows himself up.


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'An impenetrable mystery seems destined to hang for ever over this act of madness or despair.' Mr Verloc, the secret agent, keeps a shop in London's Soho where he lives with his wife Winnie, her infirm mother, and her idiot brother, Stevie. When Verloc is reluctantly involved in an anarchist plot to blow up the Greenwich Observatory things go disastrously wrong, and what appears to be 'A Simple Tale' proves to involve politicians, policemen, foreign diplomats and London's fashionable society in the darkest and most surprising interrelations. Based on the text which Conrad's first English readers enjoyed, this new edition includes a critical introduction which describes Conrad's great London novel as the realization of a 'monstrous town', a place of idiocy, madness, criminality, and butchery. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Book Details

Author Conrad, Joseph.
Format PB
Series Title Oxford World's Classics
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford University Press
Number of Pages 304
Publish Date 12/06/2008
Catalogue ER018
Catalogue book number 193