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The Secret Agent

A Simple Tale
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924 (Book - 1907 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Authors: Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924
Statement of Responsibility: by Joseph Conrad
Title: The secret agent
a simple tale
Publisher: London, Methuen & Co. [1907]
Characteristics: 3 p. l., 442 p., 1 l. 20 cm.
Notes: Publishers' catalogue of books, September, 1907, 40 p. bound at end
Printed at the Riverside Press, Edinburgh
In original red cloth
Indexed In: Keating 73-74
Additional Contributors: Bayntun
Research Call Number: *KL (Conrad, J. Secret agent. 1907)
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Mar 26, 2012
  • Blue_Ox_22 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

". . . ALL idealisation makes life poorer. To beautify it is to take away its character of complexity—it is to destroy it. Leave that to the moralists, my boy. History is made by men, but they do not make it in their heads. The ideas that are born in their consciousness play an insignificant part in the march of events. History is dominated and determined by the tool and the production—by the force of economic conditions.* Capitalism has made socialism, and the laws made by the capitalism for the protection of property are responsible for anarchism. No one can tell what form the social organisation may take in the future. Then why indulge in prophetic phantasies? At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have I no objective value. Leave that pastime to the moralists, my boy.”

p. 31

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