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A happy death

Author: Albert Camus; Richard Howard
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView 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: Translations
French fiction
Fiction
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.
Happy death.
New York : Knopf ; distributed by Random House, 1972
(DLC) 78171141
(OCoLC)241445
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Camus; Richard Howard
ISBN: 0679764003 9780679764007
OCLC Number: 33430967
Notes: Originally published by Knopf, New York in 1972.
Description: 192 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Mort heureuse.
Responsibility: by Albert Camus ; 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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