It seemed clear to him who was familiar with the region and its rivers that what was being described in "Heart of Darkness" was a voyage up the Kasai River.
Those living in or near what Conrad imagined the Kasai River basin to be like, where in fact "exploitation had begun a little later than elsewhere," are shown to be infinitely better off than those who are enslaved to serve the greed of European conquerors working 800 miles away along the big river (Hochschild 260).
As a boy, he had imagined Africa to be a place of "worthy, adventurous and devoted men" who were "conquering a bit of truth here and a bit of truth there" ("Geography" 13); and as an adult he looked forward to exploring and searching for truth along the Kasai River and would write of the young Marlow losing himself "in all the glories of exploration" ("Heart" 52).
It involves the development of a 56-kilometre portion of the Batshamba-Tshikapa road, including the construction of a new bridge over the Kasai River
Our article included in this issue, "The Two River Narratives in 'Heart of Darkness," showed that Joseph Conrad imagined Kurtz's Inner Station to be located on the Kasai River and not on the Congo as has been generally assumed.
Conrad kept from William Blackwood what he revealed to Thomas Fisher Unwin, that the narrative he hoped to have published took place on and alongside the Kasai River (we use the usual spelling and not Conrad's).
Luetkin came ever so close to revealing the truth of "Heart of Darkness," that Marlow steams up one of the tributaries of the Congo, the Kasai River, to get to Kurtz's Inner Station.
It involves the development of a 56-kilometre portion of the Batshamba-Tshikapa road between Lovua and Tshikapa on the National Road 1 (NR1), including the construction of a new bridge over the Kasai River
which crosses Tshikapa town.