“THE SACROSANCT FETISH OF TODAY IS SCIENCE”: JOSEPH CONRAD’S 1907 NOVEL “SECRET AGENT”

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The Secret Agent, (1907)

By Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Chapter 2

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale is a novel by Joseph Conrad published in 1907. The story is set in London in 1886 and deals largely with the life of Mr. Verloc and his job as a spy.[1] The Secret Agent is also notable as it is one of Conrad’s later political novels, which move away from his typical tales of seafaring. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism.[2] It portrays anarchist or revolutionary groups before many of the social uprisings of the twentieth century. However, it also deals with exploitation, particularly with regard to Verloc’s relationship with his brother-in-law Stevie. Because of its terrorist theme, The Secret Agent has been noted as “one of the three works of literature most cited in the American media” since September 11, 2001.[3]

References:

  1. Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent, 1994, p. 5
  2. Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale 2004, p. xiv
  3. Carola M. Caplan, Conrad in the Twentieth Century: Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives, p. 155.

What is the fetish of the hour that all the bourgeoisie recognise – eh, Mr Verloc?”

Mr Verloc opened his hands and shrugged his shoulders slightly.

“You are too lazy to think,” was Mr Vladimir’s comment upon that gesture.

“Pay attention to what I say. The fetish of to-day is neither royalty nor religion. Therefore the palace and the church should be left alone. You understand what I mean, Mr Verloc?”

The sacrosanct fetish of to-day is science.”

Chapter II(Page 2)

The Secret Agent, (1907)

By Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Contents

Dedication

Contents:

  1. Chapter 1
  2. Chapter 2
  3. Chapter 3
  4. Chapter 4
  5. Chapter 5
  6. Chapter 6
  7. Chapter 7
  8. Chapter 8
  9. Chapter 9
  10. Chapter 10
  11. Chapter 11
  12. Chapter 12
  13. Chapter 13

Dedication

TO H. G. WELLS

The chronicler of Mr Lewisham’s love
the biographer of Kipps and the
historian of the ages to come
this simple tale of the nineteenth century
is affectionately offered

Comment:

The target selected for the planned anarchist bombing at the heart of the narrative is the Greenwich Observatory, as symbol of the fetish of the age, science.

The sacrosanct fetish of to- day is science.”

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