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Обратная сторона обложки альбома Боба Дилана «Desire» 1976 года с портретом Джозефа Конрада прямо над ухом Боба Дилана, источник: общественное достояние

Why are space ships in the Alien movies named after Conrad’s novels? What’s Joseph Conrad doing on the sleeve of Bob Dylan’s album? And did he inspire one of the greatest comic books in history?

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Still from the film Heart of Darkness directed by Nicolas Roeg, 1993, photo: Solopan

The year 2017 has been declared Joseph Conrad Year in Poland to mark the 160th anniversary of the renowned writer’s birth. To mark the occasion, Culture.pl brings you 10 memorable quotes from Heart of Darkness that take you right to the heart of one of the Polish-born author’s most recognised works.

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Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski (Joseph Conrad),  writer, born on the 3rd of December 1857 in Berdichev (today's Ukraine), died on the 3rd of August 1924 in Oswalds near Canterbury in South-East England. A son to Polish patriots, a man of  three cultures, a great English writer and European.    

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Joseph Conrad, photo: PAP

The author of The Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, and Lord Jim was born and grew up in partitioned Poland. Yet his literary work is ostensibly devoid of almost any traces of his background. So where should one look for Conrad’s Polishness?

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Известные люди с польскими именами. Фотоколлаж: Culture.pl

What’s the hidden connection between the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich, Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, and the 19th-century American politician Thaddeus Stevens?

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Joseph Conrad, 1923

The Polish government has announced that 2017 will be a year to commemorate Adam Chmielowski, Joseph Conrad, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Honorat Koźmiński, Józef Piłsudski, and the Wisła river. Under UNESCO’s patronage, the 200th anniversary of Kościuszko’s death and the 100th anniversary of Ludwik Zamenhof’s death will also be marked.

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Дирк Богард (Густав фон Ашенбах) и Бьёрн Андерсен (Тадзио) в фильме «Смерть в Венеции» (1971) Лукино Висконти; фото: Mary Evans Picture Library / East News

From Shakespeare and Calderon to Alfred Jarry and Thomas Mann, here are some of the most captivating appearances of Poles in world literature, which we think deserve more than a footnote in history books. What these largely fictitious Polish characters tell us about Poland? And what Poland meant to their creators?

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Peter Fudakowski, photo: Grażyna Makara

Film producer and director. Oscar winner for Tsotsi and creator of the Secret Sharer. Born in London in 1954.

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From Jacob Frank to Ivan Franko, and from Joseph Roth to Joseph Brodsky, here are some very different writers, all of whom engaged in a quite complicated relationship with the Polish language. Their stories serving as proof to the magnetic power of attraction once exerted by Polish language and culture.

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Animated film. Director, screenplay, artistic design and animation: Anna Błaszczyk, 2006. Animation based on fragments of Joseph Conrad's short story "Youth"

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Fiona Tomkinson, "Spectral nationalism in Conrad's last novels" - a paper presented at the third International Joseph Conrad Conference held in Kamień Śląski and Kraków in September 2004.

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Joseph Conrad z Anielą Zagórską, tłumaczką prawie wszystkich jego książek; źródło: CBN Polona

The books of Poland's most famous writer have been adapted into some famous films... but also some stinkers. What is it about Joseph Conrad's works that makes their celluloid interpretation such a tricky gamble?

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Joseph Conrad, 1920

A Polish noble who wrote novels in English and was an experienced sailor. His literature dealt with ideas of moral and national responsibility and had themes of fidelity, betrayal, honour and shame.

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