The shadow line a confession vintage classics joseph conrad on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the masterpiece of joseph conrads later years the autobiographical short novel the shadow line depicts a young man at a crossroads in his life. In the years when joseph conrad wrote 1915 and published 1917 his short novel shadow line a confession london was the capital of the world as later paris and now new york and perhaps in a few years shanghai will be. The shadow line is shorter than conrads other great works and can be considered either a short novel or a long short story i suppose it is a novella in any case it is a rather straight forward tale of a young mans maturing and struggling with adversity. The novella is notable for its dual narrative structure the full subtitled title of the novel is the shadow line a confession which immediately alerts the reader to the retrospective nature of the novella. The shadow line a confession by joseph conrad written in 1915 the shadow line is based upon events and experiences from twenty seven years earlier to which conrad returned obsessively in his fiction
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