By Julian W. Connolly
(Studies in Russian and Slavic literatures, cultures and historical past)
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He goes on to offer the necessary qualification: ‘it being always understood that that “subtext” is not 24 Conrad’s Secrets immediately present as such, not some common-sense external reality, … but rather must itself always be (re)constructed after the fact’. For Jameson, the ‘literary or aesthetic act’ always entertains ‘some active relationship with the Real’, but, for this to happen, ‘reality’ is not left inertly ‘outside the text and at a distance’; instead, the aesthetic act ‘must rather draw the Real into its own texture’, in a process whereby ‘language manages to carry the Real within itself as its own intrinsic or immanent subtext’.
He spent some time in Singapore: March–April 1883, September–October 1885, and sporadically between July 1887 and January 1888 when he served as first mate on the SS Vidar. His experience of the archipelago itself is confined to his period in the Vidar. This involved making four trips between Singapore and trading posts at Berau and Bulungan in Borneo, calling in at ports on the west coast of Celebes and other ports on the east coast of Borneo on the way. 13 It was this memory of Almayer in Berau, Conrad claims, that marked the start of his writing career ‘in the front sitting-room of furnished apartments in a Pimlico square’ (PR, 9).
B. 7 The editors of the letters suggest that Conrad might have been involved in smuggling weapons to the conservative Catholic faction in the Colombian civil war of 1876–7. 8 Conrad’s coy reference in the ‘Author’s Note’ to ‘a rather absurd adventure’ involving Cervoni and the Tremolino is an obvious allusion to the lengthy account he had given in The Mirror of the Sea (1906) of his involvement in a syndicate engaged in gun-running for the Carlists. Conrad returned to this story in his late novel The Arrow of Gold where gun-running provides the background to the story of M.
A reader's guide to Nabokov's Lolita by Julian W. Connolly