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"I'd rather have written Nostromo than any other novel."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nostromo* has become one of the most widely read and influential novels ever written. One of Joseph Conrad’s rare and genuine masterpieces, it can be found on countless lists of the finest literary works of all time, and is one of his major achievements.

A vivid cast of characters is caught up in a Latin American civil war to choose whether a fabulously rich silver mine can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians.

Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit.

Conrad's evocation of Latin America—its grand landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and the tenacity of individuals swept up in imperial ambitions—has never been equaled. It is a grandiose epic, startlingly modern in its technique and political sophistication, and a masterwork of tension, adventure and mystery.

Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1904.

JOSEPH CONRAD (1857-1924), one of the greatest English authors, transformed the art of fiction. He has long been admired for his rich prose, and vivid renderings of treacherous life at sea and other exotic locales. Author of numerous novels, including Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, and Heart of Darkness, he is considered to be a central figure in the development of the modern novel. 

*The Modern Library ranked Nostromo 47th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.


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