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An Outpost of Progress

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The story deals with two European men, named Kayerts and Carlier, who are assigned to a trading post in a remote part of the African Jungle. There they take part in ivory trading, hoping to financially benefit the company as well as themselves. With no specific tasks or important things to be done, they both become increasingly isolated and demoralized as the time goes by. ...more
Paperback, 35 pages
Published December 31st 1999 by Travelman Publishing (first published 1896)
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George K.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century
Τρίτη επαφή με το έργο του Τζόζεφ Κόνραντ, μετά το εξαιρετικό μυθιστόρημα "Η καρδιά του σκότους" που διάβασα το 2011 (θέλω κάποια στιγμή να το ξαναδιαβάσω αυτό) και την πολύ καλή νουβέλα "Ο κρυφός συνταξιδιώτης" που διάβασα φέτος τον Ιανουάριο, και δηλώνω ξανά ικανοποιημένος, τόσο από την ιστορία αυτή καθαυτή, όσο κυρίως από τη γραφή, τα κοινωνικοπολιτικά μηνύματα και τα αλληγορικά στοιχεία. Είναι ένα διήγημα που γράφτηκε λίγα χρόνια πριν το (κατά τη γνώμη μου) αριστουργηματικό "Η καρδιά του σκό ...more
Tristram Shandy
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Diana Solano
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Como el año pasado con El corazón de las tinieblas, disfruté mucho la escritura de Conrad, la elegancia del tono narrativo y la manera sucinta de generar un ambiente opresor en el que los personajes están imbuidos sin siquiera darse cuenta. (No a tiempo, al menos, encerrados como están en su idea de civilización, como una estructura que los acompaña y protege perpetuamente). Y, sin embargo, como en la novela, me quedé con la impresión de que tengo que releer para terminar de entender capas de si ...more
Antonella
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relato interesante y muy bien llevado, enmarcado dentro del mundo de "El corazón de las tinieblas" Al ser una historia breve (no más de cincuenta páginas) no hay mucho por contar sobre la trama que no revele parte del contenido fundamental de la misma. Lo que si puedo decirles es que aquí se encuentra el mismo sentimiento de opresión, de desolación e injusticia que me abordaron a leer la obra maestra de Conrad.
En pocas palabras se describe la degradación del hombre, la desintegración del ser "c
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David
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Babú
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Erik
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"He reveled in his new wisdom while he sat by the man he had killed." Phenomenal writing. ...more
Louisa
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, congo, colonialism
Conrad considered it his best tale, and I can see why. This short story of two white men posted in a remote trading station in Congo perfectly illustrates what - after his confrontation with the brutalities of colonialism - kept Conrad preoccupied for the rest of his life: the horror of how people who are left to their own devices lose their innocence and integrity, and slowly become agents of corruption, cruelty and madness.
Jeswin Arangassery
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book introduces to an Outpost in the colonial period of Africa and people who live there. Slowly paced the book feels light at start. But don't be judgemental. If you patiently wait till the end there is something you wouldn't have expected. Since this book is small I would recommend it to anyone who I want to give the knock off reality. ...more
Tony Summer
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful piece, containing lots to think about. It is rich with insight into the human condition, darkly brooding, and it has such black humour that the tragic ending made me laugh out loud! It often comes packaged with ‘Heart of Darkness,’ to which it is in some ways similar, in other ways different.
Jess
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makola might be the most crafty string pulling bastard in literary history. The story he's in may be slightly repetitive and basically Heart of Darkness, but it's a ridiculously clever, richly themed, nasty little story of survival instinct and spiraling human madness. Read it it's great. ...more
Дмитрий
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Этот рассказ Конрад считал своим лучшим. Если этот хороший, какие тогда худшие?..
Даже Heart of Darkness расхотелось читать.
Adolfo
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura
Corto e interesante relato, con el título ironico de una avanzada del progreso. Lo encuentro más que nada una crítica al mal llamado progreso a su frustrante introducción en otras culturas.
Paradoxe
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Κάποιοι δεν ωριμάζουν ποτέ, οτιδήποτε δύσκολο κι αν συναντήσουν, όσο υπάγεται στα της κοινωνίας αποδεκτά, τα συνηθισμένα χαρτογραφημένα φωτισμένα προβλήματα, δεν είναι ικανό να τους τραντάξει. Ζουν, διαιωνίζουν, πεθαίνουν και δε μαθαίνουν ποτέ πως ζω δε σημαίνει μόνο ακολουθώ. Σημαίνει σκέφτομαι, δοκιμάζω, ανακαλύπτω, παίρνω τη γνώση και τη χρωματίζω στην εμπειρία.

Και συμβαίνει κι αυτό, οι ίδιες σου οι λέξεις που λέγονται γιατί πρέπει, μα δε γίνονται τροφή ούτε μες στην ίδια σου τη σκέψη, παρά μ
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Yngvild
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
An Outpost of Progress is a beautifully crafted short story with a misleading title. The twenty odd pages by Joseph Conrad look closely at two Englishmen employed to work at a remote trading station in Africa, along with ten Africans from a distant region and one local. In the six months between the steamer bringing the new Englishmen and its return, almost everything goes wrong that can to the twelve men dropped in a strange land with no guidance or proper resources.

The title implies a grand th
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Ron
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though it is much shorter than Heart of Darkness Conrad manages to convey the horror and insanity of colonialism and imperial ambition as vividly as in his famous novel. The shorter text is more easily read, since the challenging topic and demanding language in which both are written are frankly exhausting. ...more
Sandra Vega
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura, papel
Debe ser el cuento que más me impresionó hasta ahora, de todos los que leí. En mi vida. Es un cuento de una acidez exquisita. Algo así como un "esto somos" imposible de ácido pero con humor. Y dramático y humano a la vez. Hay que bancarse sostener esa mirada siendo escritor, occidental, etc. Burlarse con esa furia de la propia sociedad, sin pretender estar por encima o por fuera de esa burla. ...more
Descending Angel
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: conrad
Short story. My first brush with Conrad and it was a good first impression. Some of it seems a bit rushed but it's a solid story and worth reading. ...more
Zackary Vignali
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well written, I enjoyed this short story although I didn't like the two white characters. ...more
Gary
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A precursor to Heart of Darkness.
Roland Howard
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Conrad's usual sublime brilliance, subtlety and exuberant language. Some weaker bits too. ...more
Pietro Calò
Spregiudicata operazione della Adelphi che, per fare cassa, esattamente cinque anni addietro (ottobre 2014 per la precisione) riunisce i due primi racconti di Conrad (La laguna è il primo, L'avamposto del progresso è il secondo, entrambi 1897), li integra con la vita tumultuosa che ebbero (diffusi in Scandinavia a puntate, confusi tra notizie di marina mercantile e schermaglie anglo-boere) narrata da Matteo Codignola in una sorta di post-fazione, e li infioretta con un bel pensierino di Naipaul ...more
rossygram_
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MARAVILLA😍

Joseph Conrad viajó al Congo en 1889, contratado como oficial en un vapor fluvial. Casi un año después abandona el trabajo y regresa de África, enfermo y desilusionado por lo que realmente encontró una vez que llegó allí.

Con este libro me inicio en la literatura de Joseph Conrad, y me ha encantado. "Un puesto avanzado del progreso" es un relato corto que nos habla de las verdaderas víctimas de la civilización y el progreso. Va acompañado de las estupendas ilustraciones de Federico Vi
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Pablo
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sus peores pesadillas nunca antes imaginadas, sus cuerpos y mentes libres de la civilización, sus instituciones, sus leyes, sus normas y todo el aparato civilizador de aquellos dos blancos que se vieron perdidos en medio de la selva africana, tras de un futuro prometedor comerciando colmillos de elefante. El demonio emerge de a poco, entre los hipopótamos, las serpientes y demás bestias salvajes. Y el negro Makola observa desde su propia tierra como ella se traga enteros a esos dos blancos que v ...more
Cyrano De Montcuq
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Un ami m'avait dit que cette nouvelle de quinze pages était l'oeuvre totale de Joseph Conrad. Je comprends maintenant pourquoi. Avec une histoire simple, Conrad explique comment l'occident a laissé son âme se corrompre durant la colonisation. Le tout en enrobant cela de l'idée réconfortante de la mission civilisatrice. Apanage de l'occident, le progrès a fini par détruire à la fois les indigènes et pervertir la haute morale des colonisateurs. Le style incisif et élégant de Joseph Conrad en fait ...more
Reese
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Eva
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novell på samma tema som Heart of Darkness. Conrad ironiserar över de inkompetenta vita männen, de som inte tänker själva, bara följer som fårskocken, som marionetter, för egen vinning tror att de är bättre än andra folk. Men mot djungeln har de ingen kunskap att ta till. De faller offer för sin egen dumhet. De hör inte dit.
Pedro
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Menos conocido que "El Corazón de las Tinieblas", este es un disección magistral, y terrible, de la colonización del Congo, pero, sobre todo, del lado más oscuro del alma humana. Los dos protagonistas son unos ciudadanos corrientes de un país civilizado, gente sin nada especial, convertidos, gracias al poder sin control, en dos monstruos. Te obliga a mirar en tu propio interior. ...more
Alexander
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The satire is very much on display in this story, which some may not like, but I found this to be very accessible and gripping. The story moves well and gets the point across, and it's a very quick read. I much preferred this to Heart of Darkness. ...more
Michele Amitrani
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, travel
Short read. I didn't exactly know what to expect. I liked the description of characters and the sense of boring disturbances that permeate the whole tale. Not particularly engaged with the story. ...more
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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
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