Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad - PDF and EPUB eBook

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'Whenever two Russians come together, the shadow of autocracy is with them...haunting the secret of their silences.'...

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Details of Under Western Eyes

Exact title of the book
Under Western Eyes
Book author
Joseph Conrad
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
308 pages
Language
English
Published
January 1st 2005 by IndyPublish.com
File size (in PDF)
1232 kB
Under Western Eyes

Some brief overview of book

'Whenever two Russians come together, the shadow of autocracy is with them...haunting the secret of their silences.' First published in 1911, Under Western Eyes traces the experiences of Razumov, a young Russian student of philosophy who is uninvolved in politics or protest. Against his will he finds himself caught up in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing directed against the Tsarist authorities. He is pulled in different directions - by his conscience and his ambitions, by powerful opposed political forces, but most of all by personal emotions he is unable to suppress.

Set in St Petersburg and Geneva, the novel is in part a critical response to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment but it is also a startlingly modern book. Viewed through the 'Western eye's of Conrad's English narrator, Razumov's story forces the reader to confront the same moral issues: the defensibility of terrorist resistance to tyranny, the loss of individual privacy in a surveillance society, and the demands thrown up by the interplay of power and knowledge. This new edition is based on the first English edition text, and has a new chronology and bibliography.