Scritto nel 1911, Sotto gli occhi dell’Occidente è un testo cruciale per la comprensione del pensiero e della biografia di Conrad. Prendendo le mosse da una storia di spionaggio e tradimento, di politica e coscienza, l’autore mette in scena il contrasto fra un io pubblico e uno nascosto, fra una ragione ideologicamente conformista e reazionaria e una ragione trasgressiva. Attraverso una scrittura che si cala nel «caso di coscienza» e rifiuta il paravento dell’ironia, Conrad si misura in modo diretto con le problematiche sociali e politiche. L’attacco del romanzo, tra le sue pagine più drammatiche, è un durissimo atto d’accusa contro le condizioni di repressione in Russia.
- ISBN: 8811365597
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 299
“I am quite willing to be the blind instrument of higher ends. To give one's life for the cause is nothing. But to have one's illusions destroyed - that is really almost more than one can bear.” Joseph Conrad Razumov is serious about his studies. He is quiet, and like most men who brood, there is Leggi tutto
Under Western eyes, is in many ways Conrad's Crime and Punishment, exploring the similar themes with that of Dostoevsky, Although this for me took longer to get into, the deep and personal aspects remain between the two. Taking place in St Petersburg and Geneva, Switzerland, the central character Ra Leggi tutto
Conrad's gripping espionager influenced Graham Greene, Maugham and LeCarre. An apolitical student accidentally becomes a Czarist spy after he betrays a rebel friend ; later as a secret agent in Geneva he falls in love with the fellow's sister.* Psychological trauma amid deception, manipulation and tu Leggi tutto
Conrad's books always seem to start slow as he methodically creates a solid foundation and base of characterization. This one very much so and yet stays minimalistic and obscure throughout. Under Western Eyes, first published in 1911, had moments of greatness and had many very observant quotes about Leggi tutto
"The belief in a super natural sources of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." -- Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes I'm beginning to think there are absolutely no whimsical novels written about the period between Bloody Sunday and the Russian Revolution of 1917. Wri Leggi tutto
Joseph Conrad stood at the beginning of all modernistic literature of the twentieth century and he was one of the most sagacious writers of all times. Generally speaking Under Western Eyes is a modern Judas tale ostensibly based on the traitor's confessions. There are two sides of barricades: “You supp Leggi tutto
What is Joseph Conrad writing about in this novel? Russians and the political situation in Russia before and between the first failed Russian Revolution of 1905 and the Revolution of 1917. Conrad is of Polish descent. The antagonism existing between Polish and Russian people is evident. In any case, Leggi tutto
Published in 1911, Conrad’s Russia novel (or so I’ve decided to call it) seems to predict the Bolshevik Revolution. It begins with a young student of philosophy, Razumov, who returns to his flat one night to find a classmate, Victor Haldin, standing in his kitchen- or rather, in Conradian fashion, w Leggi tutto
In a word, this book was torturous, a long, slow torture. An unreliable narrator intimate with so many details, supposedly due to a diary, & yet unable to truly understand the Russian mind. "Words are the enemy of reality." Truly. I liked a lot of Conrad's thoughts, depressing as they were. There is Leggi tutto
The fact that the Westerner narrator is an uncomprehending observer (whose character's eyes are in the title 'Under Western Eyes') and that the Russian character of the story, Razumov, has the reputation as a great listener (strikingly so, pun intended) is told us, gentle reader, upfront by the auth Leggi tutto
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