Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
Epic in scope yet meticulously detailed and populated by a vivid cast of characters covering the entire social spectrum. Nostromo is one of the greatest political novels ever written. It chronicles an era of crisis in an imaginary but archetypal South American state, where the people of Sulaco are caught in a cycle of revolution and counter-revolution, while trying to decide whether its lucrative silver mine can be preserved from the hands of avaricious politicians. Corruption and greed are ubiquitous, and Nostromo, the honourable Capataz, must battle with temptation.
This richly dense picture of an insurrection army society and the opportunities it provides for corruption is releated with Conrad's dry, detached yet compassionate intelligence.