Quotation by Joseph Conrad

A puff of wind, a puff faint and tepid and laden with strange odours of blossoms, of aromatic wood, comes out the still night—the first sigh of the East on my face. That I can never forget. It was impalpable and enslaving, like a charm, like a whispered promise of mysterious delight.... The mysterious East faced me, perfumed like a flower, silent like death, dark like a grave.
Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), Polish-born British novelist. Marlow, in Youth (1902).

Of the East, Conrad wrote, "I have seen its secret places and have looked into its very soul."
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