The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Oxford World's Classics)

by JosephConrad (Author), RogerTennant (Editor)


This is the only novel that Conrad set in London, and it communicates a profoundly ironic view of human affairs. The story is woven around an attack on the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. Verlac, (a Russian spy who is also working for the police) is ostensibly a member of an anarchist group in Soho. His masters instruct him to discredit to anarchists in some spectacular way. The upshot of the affair is that his evil plan goes horribly wrong and the repercussions are dramatically different from those that Verloc intended.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
Published: 21 May 1998

ISBN 10: 0192834770
ISBN 13: 9780192834775