Heart of Darkness

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A novella by Joseph Conrad. This highly symbolic story is actually a story within a story, narrated by Marlow to his companions as they lie becalmed in the London tidal estuary. It details an incident earlier in Marlow's life, a visit up the river Congo to investigate the work of Kurtz, a Belgian trader in ivory in the Belgian Congo.

The novel has been filmed a few times under the name Heart of Darkness; Francis Ford Coppola also based Apocalypse Now loosely on the novel.