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Awards

1957 Nobel Prize

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Since it was first published in English, in 1946, Albert Camus's extraordinary first novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger), has had a profound impact on millions of American readers. Through this 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 an illuminating new American translation (the only English version available for more than forty years was done by a British translator), the original intent of The Stranger is made more immediate, as Matthew Ward captures in exact and lucid language precisely what Camus said and how he said it, thus giving this haunting novel a new life for generations to come.

Review:

"Matthew Ward has done Camus and us a great service. The Stranger is now a different and better novel for its American readers; it is now our classic as well as France's." Chicago Sun-Times

Synopsis:

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

About the Author

Albert Camus, son of a working-class family, was born in Algeria in 1913. He spent the early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked at various jobs — in the weather bureau, in an automobile-accessory firm, in a shipping company — to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. He then turned to journalism as a career. His report on the unhappy state of the Muslims of the Kabylie region aroused the Algerian government to action and brought him public notice. From 1935 to 1938 he ran the Theatre de L'Equipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, Dostoevski, and others. During World War II he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper. Camus was always very active in the theater, and several of his plays have been published and produced. His fiction, including The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, and Exile and the Kingdom; his philosophical essays, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel; and his plays have assured his preeminent position in modern French letters. In 1957 Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His sudden death on January 4, 1960, cut short the career of one of the most important literary figures of the Western world when he was at the very summit of his powers.

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mirandalegorreta_2011, August 8, 2012 (view all comments by mirandalegorreta_2011)
Love this book! makes you see life differently and start cherishing what you have.
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trublubabbe, November 12, 2006 (view all comments by trublubabbe)
This was one of the first books I read that started to open my eyes to something beyond conventional theology. It's an easy read with Camus's philosophy of existentialism embedded in it. It was orginially a little hard for me to undestand why the main character was so empathetic towards everything that was happening to him in the book. But after learning about Camus's philosophy on existentialism I read it again and found the book very real to human existence.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679720201
Author:
Camus, Albert
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Ward, Matthew
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Murder
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Fiction
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Classics
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Novels and novellas
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Continental european fiction (fictional works
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Continental european
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Adventure stories
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Algeria
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Algeria Fiction.
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Murder -- Fiction.
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Literature-A to Z
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fiction;existentialism;philosophy;french;literature;novel;classic;classics;french literature;20th century;algeria;france;murder;camus;absurdism;crime;death;existential;1940s;french fiction;existentialist;alienation;nobel prize;absurd;nobel;africa;20th cen
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
v. 136, art. 15
Publication Date:
19890331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.00x5.28x.39 in. .35 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.
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