[Marxism] Conrad and Coal - Los Angeles Review of Books

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Dec 12 07:23:31 MST 2019

IN HIS FIRST NOVEL, Almayer’s Folly (1895), Joseph Conrad told the tale 
of a hapless European trader on the banks of the Pantai River, in Dutch 
East Borneo, who, faced with a dwindling market in forest products, 
dreams of finding a massive gold deposit in the interior while 
struggling to foil his “native” wife’s plan for their beautiful daughter 
Nina to marry a Malay prince. The central character was based, with some 
liberties taken, on a Eurasian from Java named William Charles Olmeijer 
whom Conrad met on several brief stops at the backwater trading post of 
Tanjung Redeb, located at the confluence of the Segah and Kelai rivers, 
in 1887.


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