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Victory: An Island Tale

by Joseph Conrad

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?I am glad that I am alive, if, for no other reason, because of the joy of reading this book.? ?Jack London

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pomona Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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The last word of this novel was written on 29 May 1914. And that last word was the single word of the title.

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Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards.

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Set in the islands of the Malay Archipelago, Victory tells the story of a disillusioned Swede, Axel Heyst, who rescues Lena, a young English musician, from the clutches of a brutish German hotel owner. Seeking refuge at Heyst?s remote island retreat on Samburan, the couple is soon besieged by three villains dispatched by the enraged hotelier. The arrival on the island paradise of this trio of fiends sets off a terrifying series of events that ultimately ends in catastrophe.

?With Victory, Conrad inaugurated a new style and aesthetic,? writes Peter Lancelot Mallios in his Introduction. ?The tremendous literary sophistication to be found in Victory does not result in the exclusion of the popular reader.?

The text of this Modern Library Paperback Classic was set from the first British edition, published by Methuen & Co. in 1915.

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Heyst, a Swedish Baron, was known in the East Indies as a character, a perfect gentleman and a dreamer. For years he drifted harmlessly around the islands, until a failed business venture ties him to Samburan. He emerges from his exile only to steal Lena, a violinist traveling with the Ladies' Orchestra; his rival sends three outlaws to his island hideaway, now become the setting for a final duel of character. Victory (1915) is diverse in its themes, radical in it analysis and strange in its combination of realism, allegory, symbolism and melodrama.

About the Author
Cedric Watts teaches at the University of Sussex.



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