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Tales Of Hearsay

Joseph Conrad

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His feet were wrapped up in old sheepskins over remnants of boots. They looked monstrous and he tottered on them, sustained by Tomassov who lowered him most carefully on to the log on which I sat.

"My amazement knew no bounds.

"'You have brought in a prisoner,' I said to Tomassov, as if I could not believe my eyes.

"You must understand that unless they surrendered in large bodies we made no prisoners. What would have been the good? Our Cossacks either killed the stragglers or else let them alone, just as it happened. It came really to the same thing in the end.

"Tomassov turned to me with a very troubled look.

"'He sprang up from the ground somewhere as I was leaving the outpost,' he said. 'I believe he was making for it, for he walked blindly into my horse. He got hold of my leg and of course none of our chaps dared touch him then.'

"'He had a narrow escape,' I said.

"'He didn't appreciate it,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Маленька збірка, від першого опублікованого оповідання "Чорний штурман", до останнього (якщо не помиляюся) - "Душа воїна". Обидва шедеври. Останній - про трагічний кінець наполеонівського походу на москву.
Однак, я цю збірку розшукав задля оповідання "Князь Роман" - українсько-польський акцент у твор

Los relatos de Joseph Conrad demuestran su maestría para plasmar una época con toques de ironía y una suerte de destino fatal de algunos de sus personajes, arrastrados y perseguidos por una mala fortuna que les atrapa muy a su pesar.
Un relato que me gustó especialmente, El piloto negro, es una delic

Bastante pasable. Los más interesantes El Príncipe Román y el Piloto Negro.

With the first two stories of this volume, "The Warrior's Soul" and "Prince Roman," Conrad looks back on his native Poland and Russia. But he does so in a decidedly altered fashion. It is not at his own early years but at his grandfather's life. His is a look through time, almost with a nostalgic ti

This collection of four Conrad stories was assembled shortly after the author's death. As the title suggests, each tale is told by a narrator telling someone else's story. It's a slim volume, but the quality is high, although 'The Black Mate' seemed uncharacteristically slight and whimsical for Conr