Nostromo (Barnes & Noble Classics)

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&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RNostromo&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RJoseph Conrad&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&R&&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R

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All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences―biographical, historical, and literary―to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&ROne of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, Joseph Conrad’s &&LI&&RNostromo&&L/I&&R is an immensely exciting tale of love, revolution, and politics set in the mythical South American country of Costaguana during the 1890s.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RTen years after his father is murdered by a brutal dictator, Englishman Charles Gould arrives in Costaguana to reopen the family silver mine. But instead of ushering in a shining era of prosperity and progress, the return of the silver engenders a new cycle of violence as Costaguana erupts in civil war, initiated by rival warlords determined to seize the mine and its riches. In desperation, Gould turns to the only man who can save the mine’s treasure―Nostromo, the incorruptible head of the local dockworkers, who protects the silver from rebel forces by taking it out to sea. But disaster strikes, burdening Nostromo with a terrible secret that forever alters the fate of everyone involved with the mine.&&LBR&&R&&LBR&&RA stunning monument to futility, &&LI&&RNostromo &&L/I&&Rreveals how honor, idealism, and loyalty are inadequate defenses against the inexorable assault of corruption and evil.&&LBR&&R&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RBrent Edwards&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Rutgers University.  He is author of &&LI&&RThe Practice of Diaspora&&L/I&&R (Harvard University Press, 2003) and co-editor of &&LI&&RUptown Conservation: The New Jazz Studies&&L/I&&R (Columbia University Press, 2004). &&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R

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Nostromo, first published in 1904, is arguably Conrad’s greatest and most complex novel. A compelling adventure story, it is also a novel of profound psychological insight and of powerful political implications. It tells the story of a Central American state whose silver mine serves both literally and metaphorically as the source of the country‘s value. Written at the time of the development of the Panama Canal, Nostromo is set in the imaginary province of Sulaco, which secedes from the federation of Costaguana in order to protect its natural resource, the silver mine. The parallels with the ‘revolution’ fomented in Panama by the United States in 1903 are striking; just as Panama seceded from Columbia to satisfy the material interests of the canal builders, so the secession of Sulaco serves the material interests of ‘the Gould concession.’ In this edition a variety of documents from the period (including material concerning American involvement in Central America in the early twentieth century, early critical notices, and family letters of Conrad’s) help to set the text in context.

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