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The Outsider - Albert Camus, Joseph Laredo
The Outsider
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A peerless work of philosophical fiction that is as shocking today as when it was first published, the "Penguin Modern Classics" edition of Albert Camus' "The Outsider" is translated by Joseph Laredo. Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no... show more
A peerless work of philosophical fiction that is as shocking today as when it was first published, the "Penguin Modern Classics" edition of Albert Camus' "The Outsider" is translated by Joseph Laredo. Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly law-abiding bachelor do such a thing? And why does he show no remorse even when it could save his life? His refusal to satisfy the feelings of others only increases his guilt in the eyes of the law. Soon Meursault discovers that he is being tried not simply for his crime, but for his lack of emotion - a reaction that condemns him for being an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life. In "The Outsider" ("L'Etranger"), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the predicament of the individual who refuses to pretend and is prepared to face the indifference of the universe, courageously and alone. Albert Camus (1913-1960) is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, all of which are published by Penguin. They include "The Fall", "The Outsider" and "The First Man". Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Camus is remembered as one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of post-war France, but beyond that, his fame has been international. If you enjoyed "The Outsider", you might like Jean-Paul Sartre's "Nausea", also available in "Penguin Modern Classics". "A compelling, dreamlike fable". ("Guardian"). "The story of a beach murder, one of the century's classic novels. "Blood and sand"". (J. G. Ballard, "Daily Telegraph").
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141182506 (0141182504)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 117
Edition language: English
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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it
4.0 Everybody knows life isn't worth living
My first thought, while reading the short, simple, almost choppy, sentences of the earlier chapters, was that it must be a translation issue (it was originally written in French), and that surely a novelist as highly regarded as Albert Camus would write sophisticated, eloquent prose. However, by the...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it
4.0 Anomic Outsiders: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus
As a dilettante translator I find this book fascinating, even though I don’t read French. Literary texts are sacred and you cannot alter them; translations on the other hand are a more or less faithful reflection of the original text, but can be altered, changed, or renewed. Did Proust write "Reme...
theguywhoreads
theguywhoreads rated it
4.5 A Man Detached From The Living That Is Rich In Writing
Detachment. Misunderstood. An outsider. The first time I read Albert Camus's The Outsider (also known as The Stranger for U.S. publication), I was recommended that this was his best work. With over a little 100 over pages, divided into two parts, this is a story of Meursault, a man that doesn't conn...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 Killing an Arab
When I was a lot younger one of my favourite bands was The Cure. I remember sitting in my lounge room with my friends with The Cures greatest hits ablum blaring out and as soon as the tape came to an end I would jump up, and immediately flick it over onto the otherside, and press play before my neig...
Cygan
Cygan rated it
3.0 Ślepe serce
Przebijanie się przez kolejne myśli, słowa i relacje bohatera było jak brnięcie w mule. Cokolwiek robi, nie ma to dla niego żadnego znaczenia ani wartości. Życzyłby sobie, żeby tak samo nie miało to znaczenia także dla innych. - Lepsza praca dla mnie? Podróże? Ale po co? To co robię mi wystarcza. ...
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