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Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
By: (1857-1924)

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad is a rich and complex novel that delves into themes of greed, power, and corruption. Set in the fictional country of Costaguana, the story follows the life of the enigmatic Nostromo, a trusted and resourceful sailor who becomes embroiled in a political and economic struggle for control over a precious silver mine.

The novel expertly weaves together multiple storylines and perspectives, creating a compelling narrative that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish. Conrad's vivid descriptions of the landscape and characters bring the world of Costaguana to life, and his exploration of the human psyche adds depth and nuance to the story.

One of the novel's strengths lies in its portrayal of Nostromo, a complex and multifaceted character who grapples with his own desires and loyalties as he navigates the treacherous waters of power and greed. The supporting cast of characters is equally well-developed, adding layers of intrigue and tension to the plot.

Overall, Nostromo is a thought-provoking and immersive read that offers a fascinating glimpse into the dark underbelly of human nature. Conrad's masterful storytelling and insightful observations make this novel a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today.

Book Description:
Señor Gould is a native Costaguanan of English descent who owns the silver-mining concession in Sulaco. He is tired of the political instability in Costaguana and its concomitant corruption, and puts his weight behind the Ribierist project, which he believes will finally bring stability to the country after years of misrule and tyranny by self-serving dictators. Instead, the silver mine and the wealth it has generated become a magnet for local warlords to fight over, plunging Costaguana into a new round of chaos. Among others, the revolutionary Montero invades Sulaco; Señor Gould, adamant that his silver should not become spoil for his enemies, entrusts it to Nostromo, the trusted "capataz de los cargadores" (head longshoreman).

Nostromo is an Italian expatriate who has risen to that position through his daring exploits. ("Nostromo" is Italian for "mate" or "boatswain," as well as a contraction of nostro uomo — "our man.") He is so named by his employer, Captain Mitchell. "Nostromo's" real name is Giovanni Battista Fidanza — Fidanza meaning "trust" in archaic Italian.

Nostromo is what would today be called a shameless self-publicist. He is believed by Señor Gould to be incorruptible, and for this reason is entrusted with hiding the silver from the revolutionaries. He accepts the mission not out of loyalty to Señor Gould, but rather because he sees an opportunity to increase his own fame.

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