The Stranger

The Stranger

Book - 1946
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Random House, Inc.
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Albert Camus’s spare, laconic masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria is famous for having diagnosed, with a clarity almost scientific, that condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life.

Possessing both the force of a parable and the excitement of a perfectly executed thriller, The Stranger is the work of one of the most engaged and intellectually alert writers of the past century.

Translated by Matthew Ward

Baker & Taylor
An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria.

Publisher: New York : A. A. Knopf, 1946
ISBN: 9780679420262
Characteristics: 117 pages ; cm


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Sep 26, 2016

In the past 15 years, I have now read "The Stranger" 3 times - And with each reading I have found that this masterfully-written, short novel has never ceased to impress me with its vivid, thought-provoking narrative.

In my opinion - Novelist Albert Camus has undoubtedly written an exceptional story here of personal indifference where the reader can completely understand the main character's motives and acceptance for committing the unspeakable, unprovoked crime of cold-blooded murder.

*Author note* - Born in Algiers (in 1913) into extreme poverty - Albert Camus grew up and rose beyond this obstacle to become one of the principal forces in 20th century literature.

"The Stranger" (which was written in 1942) is considered to be one of Camus' first important works.

In 1960 (at the age of 46), Albert Camus was tragically killed in a car accident.

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