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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
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Jan 19, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, politics, anthropology, literature
Read in January, 1962

I don’t suppose the Congo basin was ever a very nice place to live, but the arrival of the Belgians and capitalism did nothing to improve it. The Belgian escapade was scandalous from the first, and it continued to be scandalous up to what was laughably called independence. Heaven knows what has gone on since then. Conrad’s account of greed and barbarity could have been written today. All that has changed is the technology. “The horror, the horror”. That’s about right.

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