Heart of Darkness
Published in 1902, Heart of Darkness is a short novel by the Polish-British writer Joseph Conrad. It contains only about 38,000 words.
In this novella (short novel), a man named Marlow recounts a trip to Africa, where he gradually learns about a very mysterious man named Kurtz, encountering many horrifying events along the way. Heart of Darkness is a harsh criticism of European imperialism.
It is available in the public domain, and is required reading for many high school students. English was not Conrad's first language, and he had some odd linguistic habits such as using a high number of words ending in "-less". On occasion, the book contains some long-winded paragraphs.
In 1979 Francis Ford Coppola released a film adaption of Heart of Darkness set during the Vietnam War titled Apocalypse Now.