"Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality": First edition of Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes

  • Under the Western Eyes.

Under the Western Eyes.

Item Number: 89119

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1911.

First edition of one of Conrad’s major works. Octavo, bound in contemporary boards with the gilt title from the original cloth spine adhered as a spine label. In very good condition.

Conrad's response to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Under Western Eyes is filled with cynicism and conflict about the historical failures of revolutionary movements and ideals. Conrad, himself, said: " ...in this book I am concerned with nothing but ideas, to the exclusion of everything else." The novel was adapted into a film in 1936; and into a full-length opera by John Joubert in 1969, first performed by New Opera Company at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.