The Shadow-Line


Written in 1915, ‘The Shadow-Line’ is based upon events and experiences from 27 years earlier to which Conrad returned obsessively in his fiction.

ISBN: 9780140180978 Author: Conrad, Joseph Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 27th September 1990 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.912 (edition:22) Pages: 156 Language: English Edition: New edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A young and inexperienced sea captain finds that his first command leaves him with a ship stranded in tropical seas and a crew smitten with fever. As he wrestles with his conscience and with the increasing sense of isolation that he experiences, the captain crosses the ‘shadow-line’ between youth and adulthood. In many ways an autobiographical narrative, Conrad’s novella was written at the start of the Great War when his son Borys was at the Western Front, and can be seen as an attempt to open humanity’s eyes to the qualities needed to face evil and destruction.

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