Joseph Conrad pp 194-198 | Cite as

The Problem of Language

  • Barbara Kocówna


The letters of Tadeusz Bobrowski to his nephew are an excellent and recognised source of material for Conrad’s biography. However, they contain items of great interest to which, so far, little attention has been paid. The items referred to are Conrad’s glosses on the letters in his own hand. Sometimes they supply a commentary on dramatic conflicts arising from the exchange of ideas between two men who were closely related and yet lived so far from each other; at other times they point out the geographical situation of the sailing pedlar on the seas. They might appear as a symbol or, at any rate, a forecast of decisive changes in the life of this Pole from the Ukraine who entrusted his fates to favourable or unfavourable winds. Whatever else might be said about the glosses, the most striking thing about them is the fact that they were all written in French.


Secret Sharer Decisive Change Geographical Situation Exchange Letter Definite Break 


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