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It is compared to what everyone knows is a hyperbolicaIly f~mtastic work of fiction, a parody of early travel books, that is, Gulliver's Travels. Conrad speaks, no doubt ironically, half-jokingly, and, as he says, figuratively (Note, 4), ofhis two years' absorption in writing Nostromo as his absence in that imaginary country: cc my sojourn on the Continent of Latin America, famed for its hospitality, lasted for about two years. On my return 1 found (speaking somewhat in the style of Captain Gulliver) my family aIl weIl, my wife heartily glad to learn that the fuss was aIl over, and our small boy considerably grown during my absence (Note, 4).
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