The Dawn Watch: a look at Joseph Conrad as a prophet of globalisation
Maya Jasanoff offers a compelling examination of the great novellist’s life and work.
The steamer Mavis arrived at Lowestoft on 10 June 1878 with a most remarkable young man on board. The 20-year-old Konrad Korzeniowski was the son of a poet and translator of aristocratic stock, but he arrived in Suffolk as an ordinary seaman, unqualified and undocumented, barely able to speak English and desperately in need of a job.
Korzeniowski’s parents, chafing under tsarist dictatorship in what is now Ukraine, were prominent Polish nationalists, and their involvement in dissident politics in Warsaw led to the family’s exile to eastern …read more
Source: New Statesman