The Folio Society's book illustration contest to win commission. I read it years before Francis Ford Coppala plundered the story for his movie Apocalypse Now. First published 115 years ago, this fossil of a ripping yarn would be just that if it weren't so relevant, though it is set in what was Belgium's colonial Congo with its loose imperialist morals, it is still recognizable if you share the collective guilt over the West's liberalist expansion of democracy, its mighty military Industrial complex: Nato in cahoots with approved media outlets and off-shore multinationals looting of raw materials in other sovereign states for private profit, 'the Horror!.. but then for art's sake I accepted this king's shilling so I humbly present Kurtz -
|Chapter 2, page 39.|
I seemed to see Kurtz for the first time.
Marlow's knackered paddle steamer attacked -
|Chapter 2, page 55.|
Arrows, by Jove! We were being shot at!
At the Inner-station, Marlow confronts the sick Kurtz -
|Chapter 3, page 81.|
"I came apon him, and, if he had not heard me coming, I would have fallen over him too; but he got up in time.