Narrative and Death in ‘Youth’, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim and Chance

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Variously described as 'the average pilgrim', a 'wanderer' and 'a Buddha preaching in European clothes', Charlie Marlow is the voice behind Joseph Conrad's 'Youth' (1898), Heart of Darkness (1899), Lord Jim (1900) and Chance (1912). This study offers a comprehensive account and analysis of one of Conrad's most celebrated creations, asking both who and what is Marlow: a character or a narrator, a biographer or an autobiographical screen, a messenger or an interpreter, a bearer of truth or a misguided liar? It argues that Marlow's essence is located in his liminality -- in his constantly shifting position -- and that the emergence of meaning in his stories is at all points bound up with the process of his storytelling.