Heart of Darkness

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September 2010

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In this deeply atmospheric rendering of Conrad’s classic, we join colonial trader Marlow as he recounts his journey into the heart of Africa. Artist Anyango uses intricate pencil drawings that disintegrate to abstraction as Marlow travels further towards the dying Kurtz and the heart of darkness...

Interspersed with excerpts from Conrad’s
The Congo Diary, Mairowitz and Anyango create a powerful vision of Conrad’s finest and most enduring novella. Famously, it was Conrad’s prophetic take on imperialism that inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now.

Heart of Darkness as a text has, more than any other work by Conrad, been subjected to reductive readings and the extraction of “messages.” One aspect of this treatment has been a conflation of Conrad with Marlow. Another has been the condensing of a complex, subtle, and often ambivalent text into a number of apparently simple truths. Thanks to a balanced and thoughtful selection from the original text and from Conrad’s “Congo Diary,” the graphic novel represents well the texture of the original.” – The Joseph Conrad Society

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Bookmunch

•Book review site

“Heart of Darkness is dark and rich and full of ambiguous language and nightmarish images. Catherine Anyango and David Zane Mairowitz’s graphic adaptation embraces the darkness and the ambiguity and is unafraid to look long and hard at the things Chinua Achebe famously took issue with.”

Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“There’s little argument that Heart Of Darkness is a genuine masterpiece of atmosphere and claustrophobic darkness of all kinds … [adapting] something so well known, something so dense and dark into comics is a huge task, but Mairowitz and Anyango have done the masterpiece absolute justice. This is quite wonderful work.”

The Observer

•British Sunday newspaper

“Anyango has brought to life Conrad’s nightmare journey far more successfully than the movie-makers who came before her; I’m certain that in the future, I will think of Heart of Darkness, and see only her drawings.”