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The stranger

Author: Albert Camus; Matthew Ward
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1989.
Series: Vintage International (Series)
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Adventure fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Camus; Matthew Ward
ISBN: 0679720200 9780679720201
OCLC Number: 18681559
Notes: Translation of: L'étranger.
Description: 123 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Vintage International (Series)
Other Titles: Étranger.
Responsibility: Albert Camus ; translated from the French by Matthew Ward.
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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the story of an ordinary man who unwittingly gets drawn into a senseless murder on a sun-drenched Algerian beach, Camus was exploring what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd". Now in a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.

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Not a spare word, but a colonial legacy, ELC review

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2014-03-25) Very Good Permalink

I give this book only four stars, even though I am impressed with the craft of its prose and the lean structure. It is a pleasure to read the book. However, Conor Cruise O'Brien made what I consider a valid, important, and negative critique of the book, and I think that O'Brien's commentary should...
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