The Tragedy of the Korosko

By Arthur Conan Doyle

ISBN: 9781847494351

160 pages

RRP: £6.39

As a group of Western tourists travel down the Nile on the steamer Korosko towards the historical sites near Egypt’s southern border, they are kidnapped by a marauding band of dervishes who demand their conversion to Islam. Cut off from the world, deprived of the comforts of civilized society and shaken in their beliefs, they will have to overcome the most arduous obstacles to regain their freedom and safety.

Written towards the end of the Victorian era and permeated with a sense of fear and uncertainty, The Tragedy of the Korosko calls into question the moral authority of Europe’s presence in the Arab peninsula and the cultural supremacy of British colonialism, all the while demonstrating Conan Doyle’s unparalleled ability as a storyteller.


  • …an engrossing novella that will strike a chord with every contemporary reader. Its parallels with the modern day are remarkable

    The Literary Review

  • First published in 1898, it is a topical novella for these times, telling the story of a group of British and American tourists kidnapped by Middle Eastern bandits. One American tells his fellow travellers: ‘Well, certainly, to us Americans, who live all in our own land, it does seem strange how you Europeans are forever slopping over into some other country which was not meant for you.

    The Sunday Herald

  • A surprisingly modern novel.

    Tony Robinson

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) is the celebrated author of many adventure novels, including The Lost World and The Poison Belt, and the creator of the hugely popular detective stories of Sherlock Holmes.