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In Mistah Kurtz! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness, James Reich discloses the contents of the papers that Kurtz entrusts to Marlow and the end of Joseph Conrad’s canonical novella. Drawing on clues left in Conrad’s account, the novel anticipates and dovetails with the arrival of Marlow at Kurtz’s ivory station in the Congo. Giving voice to one of the most enigmatic characters ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 2016 by Anti-Oedipus Press
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Philippa Bromfield
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is worth the price of the ticket, but I was also dead keen to read it, having become reasonably well acquainted with Conrad’s infamous character through many readings over a long time. It also helped that I was on holiday at home during a rather humid and mosquito-plagued midsummer, so the setting was right for reading this remarkably densely textured but, dare I say it, meticulously restrained novel.

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Jacques Coulardeau
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
COLONIALISM, THE GREATEST GENOCIDAL CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY EVER

The strangest novel you can imagine, trying to complete the beginning and the end of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. It has to be in phase with the horror of the original novel and it is, but it no longer is a testimony about what colonialism was in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It is a modern reconstruction of what colonialism could have been in such dark, very dark times when the worst ever crime against humanity
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Donald Armfield
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Part adventure, part historical Mr. Reich pulls out thick and heavy prose. Telling a story of a man from his teenage days, his time spent in a sanitarium, and then a wild ride at sea.

This book moves a little slow for my top notch liking but I really enjoyed the author's vivid character description and poetic settings the adventure takes us readers.

Recommended!!
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Ben Arzate
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mistah Kurtz! is an intensely decadent study of one of the most mysterious characters in the Western canon. The prose is as dense and colorful as the Conoglian forests and tells a story as compelling as its predecessor. If you enjoyed Heart of Darkness, Reich's prelude is a must-read.

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James Reich is the author of the novels THE SONG MY ENEMIES SING (October 2018), SOFT INVASIONS (December 2017), MISTAH KURTZ! A Prelude to Heart of Darkness (March 2016), BOMBSHELL (July 2013) and I, JUDAS (October 2011) published by Anti-Oedipus Press and Soft Skull Press. His account of the New Wave of British science fiction appears in Bloomsbury Publishing’s Decades series: The 1960s. James i ...more

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