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JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924) was one of the most remarkable figures in English literature. Born in Poland, and originally named Josef Teodor Konrad Walecz Korzeniowski, he went to sea at the age of seventeen and eventually joined the crew of an English vessel, becoming a British citizen in the process. He retired from the sea in 1894 and took up the pen, writing all his works ...more
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Published November 2011 by (first published 1908)
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Available for free from the always-reliable Gutenberg Project. This version displayed well on my old-school Kindle. Also available free of charge from the University of Adelaide,,,, and the inevitable Google Books.

The longest story in this collect, “The Duel”, was the basis for the 1977 Ridley Scott movie ”The Duellists”, starring Harvey Keitel and David Carradine. I haven't seen this movie and I don't know if it is any good.

A very enjoyable set of short
six Conrad stories, some merely entertaining, some which should be but are so much more. "The Duel" reminded me of "Michael Koolhaas" in its intensity, focus, and sweep. "Gaspar Ruiz" is mostly fun. "Il Conde" and "An Anarchist" are terrific. Also cool - the yellowed library copy I read seems to have been published in 1918, and had been taken out twice before in the past 24 years.
Duellanti e altre storie conradiane

Volendo rileggere “I duellanti” (o meglio “The duel”) in inglese, ho scoperto che il racconto, dopo una prima pubblicazione in volume illustrato, era poi stato inserito in questa raccolta.
Ne ho approfittato per leggere tutti e sei i racconti e ne è valsa la pena. Pur essendo piuttosto diseguali, sono tutti interessanti.

Gaspar Ruiz è la storia di un contadino peruviano che, suo malgrado, diventa un capo guerrigliero durante la lotta per l’indipendenza dalla Spa
Kyle K
Aug 12, 2015 Kyle K marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Story located in the book "A Conrad Argosy."
This marks the end of my Conrad project. I'm glad I read the novels first and then the short stories - I don't think I'd have bothered with the longer works if I'd left them. Somehow his stories don't on the whole have the intensity of the full works - the writing is less dense and less layered. Worth reading for the completist, but these don't give the full flavour of the master.
A set of six excellent short stories by Joseph Conrad. I must confess to being unaware that he wrote such things. All of them are excellent although I especially enjoyed "The Duel" and "Il Conde".
Bill Tyne
Not his best effort (Chance is stll my favourite) but well worth reading for the tale of Gaspar Ruiz and the Duel.
My favorite stories in the book: Gaspar Ruiz, Il Conde and An Anarchist.
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Joseph Conrad (born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski ) was a Polish-born English novelist who today is most famous for Heart of Darkness, his fictionalized account of Colonial Africa.

Conrad left his native Poland in his middle teens to avoid conscription into the Russian Army. He joined the French Merchant Marine and briefly employed himself as a wartime gunrunner. He then began to work aboard Br
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“A duel, whether regarded as a ceremony in the cult of honour, or even when reduced in its moral essence to a form of manly sport, demands a perfect singleness of intention, a homicidal austerity of mood. [The duel]” 6 likes
“It is a fact that the bitterest contradictions and the deadliest conflicts of the world are carried on in every individual breast capable of feeling and passion. [An anarchist]” 4 likes
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