Joseph Conrad: Crossing Borders

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Between 1905 and 1914, Conrad made three significant cross-border journeys with his family. This essay describes these journeys and discusses the work that was produced during or after them: the essay 'Autocracy and War'; the novel The Secret Agent; and the essay 'Poland Revisited'. It considers Conrad's advocation of a borderless Europe as a defence against competing nationalisms and his confrontation with his father's life of sacrifice for Polish nationalhood.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12
Pages (from-to)77-84
Number of pages8
JournalPamietnik Literacki
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Joseph Conrad
  • Autocracy and War
  • The Secret Agent
  • Poland revisited
  • crossing borders
  • nationalism
  • frontierless Europe
  • political refugees
  • Immigration
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  • fidelity

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