The Secret Agent
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- This article is about the novel. For other uses see Secret Agent (disambiguation).
The Secret Agent is a 1907 novel by Joseph Conrad, a bleak and darkly comic story of spies, terrorists, anarchists and agents provocateurs of an unnamed foreign power plotting and counter-plotting in the back streets of London in the early 20th century. It is considered one of the first modern novels dealing with terrorism and espionage.
Conrad's The Secret Agent formed the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film, Sabotage, although many changes to the plot and characters were made. (Another 1936 Hitchcock film, Secret Agent, was based on a novel by W. Somerset Maugham.) Conrad's novel, The Secret Agent, was also adapted sixty years later, in 1996, as a film starring Bob Hoskins and Patricia Arquette.
- The Secret Agent, available freely at Project Gutenberg
- Public domain audio recording of The Secret Agent from LibriVox