Which mourning character does the second narrator visit in Europe at the end of Conrad’s 1902 novella?
When it was published as a single volume in 1902 with two more novellas, “Youth” and “The End of the Tether”, it received the least commentary from critics. Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”, Achebe described Conrad’s novella as “an offensive and deplorable book” that de-humanised Africans. Poet Yedda Morrison’s 2012 book Darkness erases Conrad’s novella, “whiting out” his text so that only images of the natural world remain.
There have been many proposed sources for the character of the antagonist, Kurtz. Georges-Antoine Klein, an agent who became ill and later died aboard Conrad’s steamer, has been identified by scholars and literary critics as one basis for Kurtz.
Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage up the Congo River into the Congo Free State, in the heart of Africa, by the story’s narrator Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. This setting provides the frame for Marlow’s story of his obsession with the ivory trader Kurtz, which enables Conrad to create a parallel between London and Africa as places of darkness.