Joseph Conrad: Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard

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Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard (1904), generally acknowledged to be Conrad'smasterpiece, is set on the north coast of South America, but in no particular country, though resemblances to Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina, and Ecuador have all been noted in Conrad'sportrayal of Costaguana. The story line concerns the revolutionary and evolutionary phases in the birth of a Latin republic, from the injection of British and US capital into a conflict-ridden province to its emergence as a new state. At the heart of the political story is a revolution. Don Vincente Ribiera, who oversees a benign five-year dictatorship, is the first civilian Chief of the State ever known in Costaguana. He is described by the narrator as “…

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Childs, Peter. "Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2001
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