The Stranger (Camus)

Albert Camus, Mathew Ward

no desAlbert Camus’s spare, laconic masterpiece about a Frenchman who murders an Arab in Algeria is famous for having diagnosed, with a clarity almost scientific, that condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life.

Possessing both the force of a parable and the excitement of a perfectly executed thriller, The Stranger is the work of one of the most engaged and intellectually alert writers of the past century. cription yet..

status Copy #1 (1417): in
genre Literature and Fiction » Crusty Classics
publisher Vintage Books
publish date 1946
popularity checked out 8 time(s)


  • By Ryan Schafer -

    Camus’s classic novel is both brilliant and disturbing. Read it if you enjoy dark, sociological fiction. As wary as I am of translations, the language in this book is beautiful and I got the sense that the essence of the original text was probably preserved in this translation. The novel follows a young clerk in mid 1940’s Algeria who goes on trial for murder. We experience his odd disaffected psychology, and the uncompromising societal judgments of ‘character’ that take precedence over legal accountability in the court of law.

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