The Intricate Art Of Being... Joseph Conrad.

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What Makes Joseph Conrad Tick? Do we really know all there is to know about him? We interviewed him to give the world a more accurate look at his life, his work and his complex personality.Here is our tribute to a man of brilliance...Conrad was born on December 3rd, 1857, by the name Jozef Teodor Konrad Korezeniowski at Berdicow in the Tsarist Russian occupied Poland. From there it was a bumpy ride along a very controversial and millitant road. His father was a poet and a translator arrested for patriotic conspiracy, thereafter sentenced to a penal exile in Siberia. Eveline, Conrad's mother, petitioned to go with his father (who had helped organise a secret Polish Committee) with Conrad in tow. Three years later she died and his uncle, Tadeusz, took care of him. Another three years later Conrad and his father were allowed to return from exile to Lumberg. " I have very little recollection of those days... but what I do remember is how great it was to be allowed back into society. My only problem was that it was a society I had never really known and, therefore, could not love." says Conrad. As one can imagine this caused a severe lack of patriotism towards his "home". In 1869 his father died and his grandmother became his guardian, from here he received an education from a tutor at the University of Cracow and once on his feet he packed up and journeyed to Marseilles to complete his dream of being a sailor.He became a trainee for the French Navy and travelled to the West Indies and Central America in 1874. Here he met Dominic Cervoni... the original model of many characters found in Joseph Conrad's Books (Jean peyrol in Rover, Nostromo in Nostromo, Attilio in Suspence. Dominic's name also pops up for some glory in Conrad's memoir, The Mirror of the Sea, and in his book, The Arrow of Gold). "Dominic was one of the most wonderful and colourful people I've ever met. He showed me the ropes while I was training to become a sailor... I think what amazed me the most about him was that he was very kind and intelligent but at the same time he could be stern. You didn't want to upset Dominic because he honestly wasn't at all nice when put in a foul mood. I sometimes wonder what happened to him...?" After an attempt at suicide due to a gambling debt from Conrad's downward spiralling social life, he joined the British Mavis and The Skimmer of the Sea and then joined the British Maritime Service.In 1883 he was shipwrecked and he was lucky enough to survive, the following year he was appointed as a First Mate and proceded to travel to Australia, India, Singapore, Java, Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand and Mauritias as well as through the Mediterranean. "Being appointed First Mate was a dream come true and one of my best achievements. Not to mention that all the travelling I did was a marvelous education." In 1886 Conrad became a British citizen and got his Certificate of Competency as a Master in the Maritime Service. He then wrote "The Black Mate" and submitted it to...

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