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Under Western Eyes

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Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of betrayal, guilt, and the moral complexities of human nature. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil in Russia, the story follows the protagonist Razumov as he grapples with his role in a tragic event and struggles to come to terms with his own conscience.

Conrad's skillful prose and intricate character development make for a compelling read that delves deep into the motivations and inner turmoil of each character. The tension and suspense that build throughout the story keep the reader engaged and eager to uncover the truths that lie beneath the surface.

Overall, Under Western Eyes is a powerful and emotionally resonant novel that raises important questions about identity, loyalty, and the ethical dilemmas that arise in times of crisis. Conrad's exploration of the human psyche and the complexities of moral responsibility make this a timeless and thought-provoking read that will linger with readers long after they have turned the final page.

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Under Western Eyes (1911) is a novel by Joseph Conrad. The novel takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Geneva, Switzerland, and is viewed as Conrad's response to the themes explored in Crime and Punishment, Conrad being reputed to have detested Dostoevsky. It is also, some say, Conrad's response to his own early life; his father was a famous revolutionary imprisoned by the Russians, but, instead of following in his father's footsteps, at the age of sixteen Conrad left his native land forever....This novel is considered to be one of Conrad's major works and is close in subject matter to The Secret Agent. It is full of cynicism and conflict about the historical failures of revolutionary movements and ideals. Conrad remarks in this book, as well as others, on the irrationality of life, the opacity of character, the unfairness with which suffering is inflicted upon the innocent and poor, and the careless disregard for the lives of those with whom we share existence.

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