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The Stranger

By Albert Camus
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With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, The Stranger—Camus's masterpiece—gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. With an Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie; translated by Matthew Ward.

Behind the subterfuge, Camus explores what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd" and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. 

The Stranger is a strikingly modern text and Matthew Ward’s translation will enable readers to appreciate why Camus’s stoical anti-hero and ­devious narrator remains one of the key expressions of a postwar Western malaise, and one of the cleverest exponents of a literature of ambiguity.” —from the Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie

First published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.

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Thinking Face“I don't really know how I feel about this book. It is a great work for Camus' absurdism philosophy, I just feel conflicted about this philosophy in general, so here is where I might be a bit biased in my rating. I took note of the writing style throughout the book. The first part has short, straightforward sentences, devoid of any feelings. It's in the second part that Camus gives free rein to lyricism, which is only possible because the main character has been stripped of his freedom and has nothing left but his own mind and memories. I am not well versed in philosophy, especially absurdism, to delve deeper into THAT theme of the book. However, I found rather interesting the critique (?) of jury trials. Camus shows how letting feelings and unrelated moral standards influence our decisions can cloud fairness in giving out punishments. He also talks about how we judge others based on our own/socially accepted standards about what's right and wrong.”

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