Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness | Sunday Observer

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

30 August, 2020

A broadview best-seller for this third edition of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the book has been revised and updated to take account of the scholarship of the most recent generation.

The introduction has been rewritten and the appendices of contextual materials overhauled.

This new edition includes excerpts from George Washington Williams’s Letter to Leopold II, as well as excerpts from an extraordinary document not included in any other edition of Heart of Darkness (but discussed extensively in two ground-breaking twenty-first century works of scholarship, David Van Reybrouck’s Congo: The Epic History of a People and Maya Jasanoff’s The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World): the autobiography of Disasi Makulo.

Makulo grew up near the shore of the Congo River in the 1880s and early 1890s, was enslaved by notorious ivory dealer Tippu Tip, and then was taken under the wing of Henry Morgan Stanley.

Makulo’s account—substantial excerpts of which are here translated into English for the first time—opens an unprecedented window on life in the equatorial forest of the Congo in the late nineteenth century.