The Secret Agent

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Collector's Library, Mar 1, 2005 - Anarchists - 335 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - Steve - Christianbook.com

Why hasn't this book been made into a movie? It could have been a silent film, for much of it takes place wordlessly within the characters. It could have been film noir, for the darkness would have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of Conrad's The Secret Agent was produced in 1936 in dark, foggy London. The Secret Agent is tasked with interceding in a terriorist plot derived by men disgruntled with ... Read full review

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Contents

The Authors Note
7
Chapter One
17
Chapter Two
25
Chapter Three
55
Chapter Four
75
Chapter Five
94
Chapter Six
118
Chapter Seven
148
Chapter Eight
165
Chapter Nine
195
Chapter Ten
226
Chapter Twelve
278
Chapter Thirteen
314
Afterword
325
Copyright

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Joseph Conrad is recognized as one of the 20th century's greatest English language novelists. He was born Jozef Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski on December 3, 1857, in the Polish Ukraine. His father, a writer and translator, was from Polish nobility, but political activity against Russian oppression led to his exile. Conrad was orphaned at a young age and subsequently raised by his uncle. At 17 he went to sea, an experience that shaped the bleak view of human nature which he expressed in his fiction. In such works as Lord Jim (1900), Youth (1902), and Nostromo (1904), Conrad depicts individuals thrust by circumstances beyond their control into moral and emotional dilemmas. His novel Heart of Darkness (1902), perhaps his best known and most influential work, narrates a literal journey to the center of the African jungle. This novel inspired the acclaimed motion picture Apocalypse Now. After the publication of his first novel, Almayer's Folly (1895), Conrad gave up the sea. He produced thirteen novels, two volumes of memoirs, and twenty-eight short stories. He died on August 3, 1924, in England.

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