Maya Jasanoff - The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Jasanoff’s inspired blend of biography, history, criticism, and travelogue focuses on Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) as a man of both his time and our own. Anticipating many of the issues of today’s globalized world, Conrad wrote about terrorism, colonialism, immigration, and dehumanizing technology—issues he also lived. Born to Polish nationalists exiled to Ukraine by the repressive Russian government, Conrad was orphaned by age eleven. He went to sea, voyaging to South America and Africa and watching as steamships and the culture of efficiency displaced the camaraderie of sailing ships. Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard and author of the award-winning Liberty’s Exiles, gives insightful readings of Conrad’s works and adds vivid first-hand experience of the places Conrad wrote about, including an account of her own trip down the Congo River.


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Non Fiction
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ISBN: 9781594205811
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2017

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