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《黑暗之心》 Heart of Darkness
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Heart of Darkness

《黑暗之心》

 

 

Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad. Before its 1902 publication, it appeared as a three-part series (1899) in Blackwood's Magazine. It is widely regarded as a significant work of English literature and part of the Western canon.

 

The story details an incident when Marlow, an Englishman, took a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Although Conrad does not specify the name of the river, at this time Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver; however, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization in a cover up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.

 

This very symbolic story is actually a story within a story, or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts, from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary, his Congolese adventure. The passage of time, and the darkening sky, during the fictive narrative parallels the atmosphere of the story. It should be noted from a structuralist point of view that Marlow is also the name of a town situated on the Thames further upstream from London.

 

《黑暗的心》是波兰裔英国作家约瑟夫·康拉德 (Joseph Conrad)的一部经典小说。

 

《黑暗的心》叙述了一位英国船长马洛在一艘泊于伦敦外的海船上所讲述的一个发生于刚果河的故事。故事除了涉及马洛年轻时在非洲经历之外,还主要提及他在非洲认识的一个叫库尔兹的白人殖民者的故事——一个矢志将文明带到非洲的理想主义者,最后却堕落成贪婪的殖民者的全部过程。

 

 

 

 
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