A dead white European male was teaching a class on English literature, known tool of imperialist oppression. “Before the class begins, you must get on your knees and worship King Leopold II, greatest monarch the world has ever known, even greater than James Monroe!”
At this moment, a black, female, transgendered, cis-hetero-homoflexible Latino transvestite man who has over 20,000 Tweets and 12,000 Tumblr posts stood up and held up a novel.
“What is this book?”
The professor smirked oppressively and smugly replied “Heart of Darkness, by Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad, an intelligent and insightful study of the primitive mind of the African peoples.”
“Wrong. The book is a racist and oppressive piece of propaganda designed to dehumanize the proud peoples of the African continent. Conrad is a bigot. If the book truly had merit as you claimed, Oprah would’ve reviewed it on her show already.”
The professor was visibly shaken, and dropped his chalk and Iron Cross. He stormed out of the room crying those DWEM crocodile tears.
The students applauded and all registered Marxist that day and accepted Martin Luther King Jr. as their lord and savior. An okapi pounced into the room and stood next to a south-up map centered around Africa. The students joined hand in hand and sang Toto’s Africa several times, and Jesse Jackson, king of all black people, showed up to enact affirmative action across the country.
The professor lost his tenure and was fired the next day. He died of a giant black nigger dick up his ass was tossed into the Sahara desert for all eternity.
I enjoyed reading the literary criticism that came with the version of the book I had more than the actual book. Although I do remember one striking scene describing a nude African woman in the sunlight as the crew sails away from the center of the continent.
>The genius of Joseph Conrad is that he sees that point where the individual’s life and crisis become the same as the crisis of the age he lives in. The appalling horror of capitalism in Africa and the private agony of the exploiter become the fundamental condition of the mortal man. It is this visionary grasp that eludes modern readers who follow the ideology-blinded scribbling of Achebe, the Nigerian novelist who cannot see beyond the anti-racist doctrines that blighted the last century and were themselves the racism of the hated enemy. Today, of course, black police fire on South African miners, Rwanda boasts a genocide of blacks by blacks. Central African Republic is in total anarchy. Congo is in civil war. The Europeans still hover, but the new exploiters, the Chinese, are kow-towed to by black governments. Capitalism today has a many-coloured face.
I don't get why this is so highly rated, or at least I don't understand the points that people indicate. For example the horror/fear aspect, I never felt scared or on edge while reading the book, I found it very dull desu. Also I don't understand the part of being racist. Is it just because it shows the use of slaves? Shouldn't it be expected if we're reading about colonialism?
I don't know if OP is joking or not, but I want to discuss this book.
>>7631551 > I never felt scared or on edge while reading the book,
This book tries to do that but it kinda fails.
Real horror is in the mundane.
One is the fact that in a post apocalyptic world the destruction of knowledge through death of their keepers or destruction of the institutes that housed them and the horror doesn't hit you immediately, but it just hits you right after you establish some normality.
Real horror is learning that you will never return to your previous way of life and all the shit like TV, Video Games, Proper health care and safety are all concepts completely foreign to kids born in the post destructions or kids where they were too young during the destruction.
>>7631521 I don't understand racism in this context. I mean, I read a book fully knowing its written in a different age when people thought differently about things. Is it really so hard for some people to use their brains to acknowledge this simple fact? Did we really come to a point where we have to devalue any work because of it and categoricaly reject it because of our temporary views that may not be this edgy in 20 or 50 years from now.
>>7631342 I read it in high school. Was pretty fucking based desu. It's one of those stories about how there's evil in all men, lurking beneath the emperor's robes of civilization we dress ourselves in.
>>7631747 Achebe feels that because Conrad uses the African natives as an example of the primordial darkness inherent to man as a contrast to the enlightened civilization of Europe it's racist. Achebe feels that since Conrad ignored actual African civilizations (that he would explore in his own works such as Yams Fall Apart) in place of portraying them as "primitives" that Conrad explicitly depicted the African peoples as racist.
>>7631459 Muslims are higher on the progressive totem pole of moral authority right now, at least if you're a European, so a Certified Muslim's opinion is super effective at defeating a Genuine African's argument. If you can show that Achebe was gay, his argument might become relevant again.
>>7632093 Have you ever actually met Shi'ites in real life? They're the scummiest Muslims you'll ever meet by a long shot.
And that guy is a Sufi. Sufis are top-tier Sunnis. Sufis are way better than Shi'ites in any case. I'll take Hafiz or Ibn Arabi over whatever the hell post-revolutionary Iran has produced in art (oh yeah, nothing).
>>7632204 I'm just memeing but yeah Sufis seem to be pretty great, so do the Ibadis.
I know very little about this subject to be honest, I've only read Lewis' first book about arab history and recently started reading Vernet's book about the origins of Islam. Are there any books you recommend?
When I was a teenager reading /lit/ - this book, Bill Shakey, or watching /movies/ - stuff like Herzog, Tarkovsky, Mizoguchi, etc., I literally told myself
"You're a stupid fucking kid with naive views, so don't get caught up in the 'what', as in meaning, just react to the 'how', as in craft"
In this vein, I read Heart of Darkness three times in quick succession, and really enjoyed the aesthetic experience of the prose.
I didn't find any overt hatred on Conrad's part, and really it seemed a pretty morally neutral piece at the time, but now as the years passed I've wondered if I need to review all of my earlier art absorbing from a new perspective.
>>7633424 That guy is a white Muslim though, and also really old. Look up Ian Dallas/Shaykh Abdalqadir. Intersesting life story. He was in Fellini's 8 1/2 and used to hang out with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. If I remember correctly, he gave Clapton a copy of the Sufi poem Layla and Majnun which is where Clapton got the title for Layla.
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