First published in 1900, Lord Jim established Conrad as one of the great storytellers of the twentieth cuntury. Set in the Malay Archipelago, the novel not only provides a gripping account of maritime adventure and romance, but also an exotic tale of the East. İts themes also challenge the conventions of mineteenth – century adventure fiction, confirming Conrad's place in literature as one of the first 'modernists " of English letters.
Lord Jim explores the dilemmas of conscience, of moral isolation, of loyalty and betrayal confronting a sensitive individual whose romantic quest for an honourable ideal are tested to the limit. In this novel, Conrad draws on his background as Polish emigre , as well as his first-hand experiencesas a seaman, to experiment radically with the presentation of human frailty and doubt in the modern world.