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Heart of Darkness

Words by David Zane Mairowitz

Art by Catherine Anyango

Paperback with flaps, 128 pp, £12.99

In this deeply atmospheric rendering of Conrad's classic, we join colonial trader Marlow as he recounts his journey into the heart of Africa. Artist Anyango uses intricate pencil drawings that disintegrate to abstraction as Marlow travels further towards the dying Kurtz and the heart of darkness...

Interspersed with excerpts from Conrad's The Congo Diary, Mairowitz and Anyango create a powerful vision of Conrad's finest and most enduring novella. Famously, it was Conrad's prophetic take on imperialism that inspired Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam war epic Apocalypse Now.


David Zane Mairowitz


David Zane Mairowitz is an author, playwright, radio director and translator. As a professional freelance writer for 40 years, he has collaborated on numerous books, including the successful Introducing Kafka (with Robert Crumb), Introducing Camus and Wilhelm Reich for Beginners. His plays for the theatre include a critically acclaimed theatrical version of Kafka's The Trial. His articles have appeared in Harper's, Vogue, Plays and Players, The Village Voice, The Progressive and The Sunday Times. His short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, including Partisan Review, New Directions and the prestigious Penguin Modern Stories. For the past 25 years, he has produced radio dramas and documentaries in over 20 European countries and for the BBC, winning various international radio prizes. He lives and works in France and Berlin.

Catherine Anyango


Catherine Anyango studied at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. She is an artist with a special interest in the relationship between film and the use of cinematic devices in illustration. She has art directed live film events around London, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Film Theatre, and has exhibited work internationally and across London at the ICA, Shunt Vaults and the English National Ballet. Anyango is a tutor at the Royal College of Art.

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