Joseph Conrad

Under Western Eyes

Political turmoil convulses 19th-century Russia, as Razumov, a young student preparing for a career in the czarist bureaucracy, unwittingly becomes embroiled in the assassination of a public official. Asked to spy on the family of the assassin — his close friend — he must come to terms with timeless questions of accountability and human integrity.
396 printed pages
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  • Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted6 years ago
    The more intelligent one is the less one suspects an absurdity."
  • Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted6 years ago
    in a real revolution—not a simple dynastic change or a mere reform of institutions—in a real revolution the best characters do not come to the front. A violent revolution falls into the hands of narrow-minded fanatics and of tyrannical hypocrites at first. Afterwards comes the turn of all the pretentious intellectual failures of the time. Such are the chiefs and the leaders. You will notice that I have left out the mere rogues. The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement—but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims: the victims of disgust, of disenchantment—often of remorse. Hopes
  • Sofya Averchenkovahas quoted6 years ago
    pretentious intellectual failures of the time
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