Joseph Conrad\'s Life. Born Josef Teodore Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski, in Podolia, Ukraine, in 1857. Conrad\'s father had studied law and languages at St Petersburg University and wrote radical poems and plays. His father and mother, Apollo and Ewa, were political activists. They were imprisoned 7 months and eventually deported to VologdaConrad\'s mother died of pneumonia in 1865..