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By Nidesh Lawtoo

Western idea has frequently brushed off shadows as fictional, yet what if fictions show unique truths? Drawing on an anti-Platonic culture in serious idea, Lawtoo adopts moral, anthropological, and philosophical lenses to provide new readings of Joseph Conrad’s novels and the postcolonial and cinematic works that reply to his oeuvre. He argues that Conrad’s fascination with doubles urges readers to mirror at the facets of mimesis: one aspect is darkish and pathological, and includes the escalation of violence, contagious epidemics, and catastrophic storms; the opposite part is luminous and healing, and promotes communal survival, postcolonial reconciliation, and plastic variations to altering environments. as soon as joined, the 2 aspects display Conrad as an writer whose Janus-faced fictions are powerfully suitable to our modern international of world violence and environmental crisis.

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