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The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
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It has become a haven for political exiles and anarchists. Frequent bomb threats and disturbances interrupt the lives of the city's inhabitants, who live in fear of the terrorists in their midst. One such terrorist is Verloc.
He is the secret agent who is given the mission to strike right at the heart of London's pride by blowing up Greenwich Observatory. But his decision to drag his innocent family into the plot leads to tragic consequences on a more personal than political level. Other books in this series. Brave New World Aldous Huxley. Add to basket. Slaughterhouse 5 Kurt Vonnegut. Catch Joseph Heller. Stoner John Williams. The Sense of an Ending Julian Barnes.
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Review Text "Perenially fascinating When Joseph Conrad wrote The Secret Agent he was responding imaginatively to a real botched bomb attack on Greenwich, at a time when there was real panic about anarchist extremism throughout Europe" show more. Review quote "Perenially fascinating Whether attacking the former or the latter, Conrad never lets go of his grim, twitchy smile. Leavis show more. His parents were Polish and had both died in exile by the time Conrad was eleven. His uncle then became his guardian and looked after him in Krakow until he was sixteen when he went to sea and sailed on French and British ships.
He was made British citizen in and changed his name to Joseph Conrad. In Conrad visited the Congo and his experiences there inspired Heart of Darkness.