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A happy death.

Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: New York, Vintage Books [1973, ©1972]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.
Happy death.
New York, Vintage Books [1973, ©1972]
(OCoLC)572341529
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Camus
ISBN: 0394718658 9780394718651
OCLC Number: 409719
Notes: Translation of La mort heureuse.
Description: 192 pages 19 cm.
Other Titles: Mort heureuse.
Responsibility: Translated from the French by Richard Howard. Afterword and notes by Jean Sarocchi.

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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man. As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house -- and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death -it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time.

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