The Kosciuszko Foundation Online Programs present the webinar “Darkness Was Here Yesterday: Joseph Conrad’s View of Man and Politics” by Jaroslaw Anders.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, was a Polish-British novelist and short story writer. He is regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language, though he did not speak English fluently until his twenties. He came to be regarded a master prose stylist who brought a non-English sensibility into English literature. He wrote novels and stories that depict crises of human individuality in the midst of what he saw as an indifferent, inscrutable and amoral world.
Jaroslaw Anders discusses the continued resonance of Conrad’s work in today’s world of multiplying political, social, cultural, and ethical uncertainties.
Jaroslaw Anders is a freelance writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of “Between Fire and Sleep: Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose” (Yale: Yale University Press, 2009) and numerous articles in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and other publications. He has translated several books from English into Polish and from Polish into English. In the past, he served as a writer and broadcaster for the Voice of America and worked in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the U.S. Department of State. He lives in Washington, DC.