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L'Étranger

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Title:L'Étranger
Author:
Camus, Albert   
(3 of 5 for author by title)
L'Exil et le Royaume
L'État de Siège
Published:   1957
Publisher:Gallimard
Language:French
Tags:fiction, Film Adaptation
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The story of an indifferent French Algerian man who, after attending his mother's funeral, apathetically kills an Arab man whom he knows. The two-part story is his first-person narrative view before and after the murder.

L’histoire d’un homme franco-algérien indifférent qui, après avoir assisté à l’enterrement de sa mère, tue dans un état apathique un Arabe qu’il connaît. Ce roman en deux parties, écrit à la première personne, restitue le paysage mental de l’assassin avant et après le meurtre. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Camus, Albert

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Albert Camus (7 November, 1913—4 January 1960) was a French-Algerian author, journalist, and playwright best known for his absurdist works The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 at the age of 43, the second youngest recipient in history.

Born in Mondavi, French Algeria, Camus did well in school and was admitted to the University of Algiers where he studied philosophy and played goalie for the soccer team. He quit the team following a bout of tuberculosis in 1930, thereafter focusing on academic study. By 1936, he had obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy. He became political during his student years, joining first the Communist Party and then the Algerian People's Party. As a champion of individual rights, he opposed French colonization and argued for the empowerment of Algerians in politics and labor. Camus would later be associated with the French anarchist movement. He was one of the few Allied journalists to condemn the American use of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. He was also an outspoken critic of communist theory, eventually leading to a rift with Sartre whom he had met during the war when he joined the French Resistance movement.

The dominant philosophical contribution of Camus's work is absurdism. While he is often associated with existentialism, he rejected the label, expressing surprise that he would be viewed as a philosophical ally of Sartre. Elements of absurdism and existentialism are present in Camus's most celebrated writing. The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) elucidates his theory of the absurd most directly. The protagonists of The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947) must also confront the absurdity of social and cultural orthodoxies, with dire results. In Caligula, a play, a Roman Emperor pursues an absurd logic.

As an Algerian, Camus brought a fresh, outsider perspective to French literature of the period—related to but distinct from the metropolitan literature of Paris. In addition to novels, he wrote and adapted plays, and was active in the theater during the 1940s and '50s. His later literary works include The Fall (1956) and Exile and the Kingdom (1957).

He died in Burgundy, France in a car crash with his publisher on January 4, 1960.—Excerpts from biography.com

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