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Almayer's Folly

Joseph Conrad


"Of late Almayer had taken to excursions up the river. In a small canoe with two paddlers and the faithful Ali for a steersman he would disappear for a few days at a time . . . The coast population of Borneo believes implicitly in diamonds of fabulous value, in gold mines of enormous richness in the interior. And all those imaginings are heightened by the difficulty of penetrating far inland."

Published in 1895

A Dutch trader searches for riches in Borneo, in the first novel by the author of Heart of Darkness. As in his later work, Conrad explores the psyche of European men upriver in foreign lands, slowly losing their minds.

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