Under Western Eyes

Under Western Eyes

Book - 2001 | 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed
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'It was I who removed de P- this morning.'. With these chilling words Victor Haldin shatters the solitary, industrious existence of Razumov, his fellow student at St Petersburg University. Razumov aims to overcome the denial of his noble birth by a brilliant career in the tsarist bureaucracy created by Peter the Great. But in pre-revolutionary Russia Peter's legacy is autocracy tempered by assassination; and Razumov is soon caught in a tragic web with Haldin's trustful sister Natalia in spy-haunted Geneva. Their fateful story is told by an elderly Englishman who loves Natalia but plays his part of a 'dense Westerner' to the end. This first completely new edition of Conrad's 1911 classic weeds out long-undisturbed errors; it also reveals Conrad's prodigious grasp 'of Russia's literature...of her administration and the cross currents of her thought'. At a new, uncertain dawn in Russian history, Conrad's view of 'the psychology of Russia itself' is of timely interest to every 'dense Westerner' - and of timeless interest as one of our century's most powerful and profound novels.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001
Edition: 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 037575735X (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC CONRAD
Characteristics: xxi, 298 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 18, 2015

the storyline was pretty good but i think another author could have done a better job of storytelling.

Feb 22, 2015

If you took English classes in high school or college, you probably struggled through (and cursed) Joseph Conrad's dense, heavily symbolic "Heart of Darkness." While still his most read work, he was quite prolific and his other novels are, if not exactly easy, more accessible. "Under Western Eyes" is one of his later novels that explores the Russian soul (Conard was Polish), in a way that recalls Dostoevsky, and political radicalism. Also see "The Secret Agent."


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