978-0-8129-7305-1 / 9780812973051

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Modern Library Classics)


Publisher:Modern Library



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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Edited and with Notes by Peter Lancelot Mallios
Introduction by Robert D. Kaplan

In reexamining The Secret Agent in a post-9/11 world, Robert D. Kaplan praises Joseph Conrads surgical insight into the mechanics of terrorism, calling the book a fine example of how a savvy novelist may detect the future long before a social scientist does.

This intense 1907 thrillera precursor to works by Graham Greene and John le Carréconcerns a British double agent who infiltrates a cabal of anarchists. Conrad explores political and criminal intrigue in a modern society, building to a climax that the critic F. R. Leavis deemed one of the most astonishing triumphs of genius in fiction.

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