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A Happy Death - Richard Howard, Albert Camus, Jean Sarocchi
A Happy Death
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Is it possible to die a happy death? This is the central question of Camus' astonishing early novel, published posthumously and greeted as a major literary event. It tells the story of a young Algerian, Mersault, who defies society's rules by committing a murder and escaping punishment, then... show more
Is it possible to die a happy death? This is the central question of Camus' astonishing early novel, published posthumously and greeted as a major literary event. It tells the story of a young Algerian, Mersault, who defies society's rules by committing a murder and escaping punishment, then experimenting with different ways of life and finally dying a happy man. In many ways, "A Happy Death" is a fascinating first sketch for "The Outsider", but it can also be seen as a candid self-portrait, drawing on Camus' memories of his youth, travels and early relationships. It is infused with lyrical descriptions of the sun-drenched Algiers of his childhood - the place where, eventually, Mersault is able to find peace and die 'without anger, without hatred, without regret'.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141186580 (0141186585)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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Beyond Strange New Words
Beyond Strange New Words rated it
4.0 A Happy Death
As a sort-of preconception of The Stranger, A Happy Death is also its flip-side in which Mersault gets away with pre-meditated murder (as opposed to what we could say is, if I remember correctly, involuntary manslaughter in The Stranger.)While Mersault of A Happy Death is not yet the alienated and d...
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers rated it
4.5 Poetry and Truth in 'A Happy Death'
‘No, because I’m constantly in revolt. That’s what’s wrong.’At either end of his writing life, we have two fractured novels. The First Man was a genuinely unfinished work-in-progress at his time of death, whereas this novel, his first novel-in-embryo, was reworked a number of times before Camus aban...
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