Under Western Eyes

Under Western Eyes

Book - 1991
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Describes a band of frustrated revolutionary exiles in Geneva. This book is a study of individuals under pressure, and it remains a telling account of the fugitive life - especially in its portrait of Razumov, heir to the long line of Russian anti-heroes in Gogol, Dostoyevsky and Turgenev.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, Conrad wrote three political novels that have had constant influence on the way we look at contemporary history. The third of these, Under Western Eyes, is the eternally pertinent story of Russian radicals exiled in Geneva, those who spy on them, and the iron links that chain them to each other and to their motherland.

Introduction by Cedric Watts

(Book Jacket Status: Not Jacketed)
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1991.
ISBN: 9780679405542
0679405542
Branch Call Number: FIC CONR
Characteristics: xxxiii, 477 pages ; 21 cm.

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mahallett
Aug 18, 2015

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

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lukasevansherman
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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