The Secret Agent
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. 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - m.belljackson - LibraryThing
The Secret Agent is another Conrad mystery, great for descriptions of locale and depth of characters, "...no man is a hero to his valet..." and "...descended into the abyss of moral reflections" - but ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheBentley - LibraryThing
There may have been a time, long before this book was written, when its darkly comic vision of politics, revolutionaries, and law enforcement didn't apply. But I doubt there has been a time since. No ... Read full review
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