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Prospect recommends: Heart of Darkness

By Neil Norman  

Few of Conrad's novels have been adapted into operas; this one's not for fans of "Mamma Mia"

Heart of Darkness Royal Opera House,1st-5th November, Tel: 020 7304 4000

“The horror! The horror!”: the immortal line from Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella Heart of Darkness is enough to send a shiver into the soul. Of all Conrad’s prodigious output it is the tale of riverboat captain Marlow and his search for the rogue ivory agent Kurtz that has seeped most deeply into the cultural fabric.

Although Conrad’s novels have been adapted into many different forms—films, television, radio and theatre—few of them have arrived as operas (with the exception of…

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