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Främlingen by Albert Camus

Främlingen (original 1942; edition 2009)

by Albert Camus

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Authors:Albert Camus
Info:Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2009
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The Stranger by Albert Camus (Author) (1942)

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    The Trial by Franz Kafka (chrisharpe, DLSmithies)
    DLSmithies: Two protagonists on trial without really understanding what they're being accused of - it's just a question of degree.
  2. 191
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (chrisharpe, DLSmithies, edelpao)
    DLSmithies: A compare-and-contrast exercise - Raskolnikov is all nervous energy and hypertension, whereas Meursault is detatched, calm, and won't pretend to feel remorse. Two masterpieces.
  3. 93
    Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre (roby72)
  4. 60
    The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud (Philosofiction, JuliaMaria)
    JuliaMaria: Meursault ist der Protagonist in dem existentialistischen Roman "Der Fremde", auf den sich Daoud in seiner Gegendarstellung bezieht.
  5. 104
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (SanctiSpiritus)
  6. 71
    Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (hiddenpunk)
  7. 72
    No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: I read both works in French class. Though Albert Camus denied being an existentialist, both L'Étranger (The Stranger) and Huis Clos (No Exit) have some common themes and are among some of the most important 20th century French works of literature.
  8. 40
    The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By by Georges Simenon (thorold)
    thorold: Respectable bourgeois discovers absurdity of life and commits motiveless crime.
  9. 41
    Whatever by Michel Houellebecq (sanddancer)
  10. 30
    Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist (Troddel)
  11. 10
    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre (rretzler)
  12. 21
    The Fall by Albert Camus (chrisharpe)
  13. 00
    Homesick for Another World: Stories by Ottessa Moshfegh (j_aroche)
    j_aroche: If you ever feel like an alien in the wrong planet.
  14. 00
    She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir (JuliaMaria)
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    The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: Short, deeply existentialist novels of literary character.
  16. 00
    The Execution: A Novel by Hugo Wilcken (sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: Similar in style, theme, narration and execution. The Execution is a more modern version of the tale.
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    The Adversary by Emmanuel Carrère (bertilak)
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    The Family of Pascual Duarte by Camilo José Cela (thatguyzero)
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    Cosmos by Witold Gombrowicz (Bitter_Grace)
  20. 12
    At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah Bakewell (JuliaMaria)

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I liked this book a lot.
It tells about some events in a person's life. Some of them are not at all spectacular, but they leave a certain impression on the people who are also taking part. When something serious does happen, these earlier events are brought to the line light (again) and then worsen the situation.

The inevitability of the events in this book, the stoicinism of the main character, the understatement with wich the story has been told, to me make this book so good, nice to read. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Aug 5, 2019 |
The simplicity with which Albert Camus gives depth to a character in The Stranger is astounding. An impressive quick read... ( )
  hummingquill | Jul 24, 2019 |
Combined reviews of A HAPPY DEATH and THE STRANGER
French journalist, author, and philosopher Albert Camus wrote several novels which illustrate his philosophy of Absurdism. Akin to Existentialism, Absurdism espouses that it is up to each individual to find some kind of meaning in life: To live according to one’s own personal goals and expectations in a life that is otherwise irrational and meaningless. Additionally, Absurdism is a philosophy where there is no God or spiritual connection to anything or anyone.

"The Stranger"- a novella that takes place in France in the 1930s- is narrated by a simple working man- Monsieur Meursault- who tells the story of his involvement in a murder, awaiting his trial in a jail cell, Scenes include the trial, the verdict and sentencing. With a minimum cast of characters, the author presents a very bleak image of life.

Camus provides however, an interesting anecdote. Monsieur Meursault lives in the moment. He has acute observation skills and speaks with dispassionate clarity. He has passionate sensual feelings, but feels no intense need for commitment or long-term relationships. He has no spiritual connection to life. He has no curiosity, no expectations, no ambitions, no goals. And he shows very little emotion. It’s like he is drifting through life half awake, or perhaps only half alive. An extremely passive person, Meursault is introverted and generally minds his own business. So, how did he end up on such a preposterous situation? Life can indeed be absurd.

Deep down, the reader suspects Meursault has feelings which never reveals. That his life means something more than is revealed in this simple tale. It is just too depressing to think anyone would intentionally be that indifferent to the entire universe. And there is a lesson to be learned… it’s the truth in Karma. Meursault’s indifference is reciprocated. And surprisingly, that shocks him. "The Stranger" is rated 5 Stars.

"A Happy Death" was suggested reading as a parable to Camus’s novel "The Stranger" further illustrating and clarifying the authors philosophy. In this particular novella, Camus certainly pointed out the absurdity of his philosophy. Once again, the story revolves around Patrice Meursault’s search for meaning and his conclusion that happiness is the ultimate goal in life… at any cost. He shrugs off “spiritual snobbism in certain superior beings who think money isn’t necessary for happiness”. With no hesitation and no guilty conscious Patrice commits murder for the sole purpose of acquiring money. His self-justification is that it takes lots of free time to be happy, and free time requires financial independence.

The murder occurs early in the story, with the remainder following Patrice through various phases of his search for how to best make use of his free time and money. Patrice appears to be a likable man. He minds his own business and seeks a peaceful serene existence. But he exhibits his own spiritual snobbism by presuming to be an authority on life. He lectures his girlfriend (with whom he refuses to establish a long-term commitment), “There is no such thing as great suffering, great regret, great memory… Everything is forgotten, even a great love. That’s what’s sad about life, and also what’s wonderful about it… That’s why it’s good to have had love in your life after all, to have had an unhappy passion- it gives you an alibi for the vague despairs we all suffer from.” Meursault’s final conclusion is that nothing in life matters because in the end we all die.

Although Albert Camus was a known womanizer- unlike his character Patrice Meursault- he did not live his life in detached isolation. He was a political activist- anti communism-pro socialism. Camus participated in the French Underground during World War II, and founded a Revolutionary Union Movement in Europe. In 1957 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature for his outstanding contribution in novels, non-fiction, plays, essays, and short stories.

Perhaps Camus’s philosophy worked for him in his own life, but both novellas were a poor example of finding one’s own meaning to existence. And reading "A Happy Death" as suggested, along with "The Stranger" only confirmed my original opinion that I am so glad Absurdism is not my own personal philosophy. In fact, I’m not so sure these two novellas illustrated any solid philosophy or merely portrayed a man who was a sociopath. His personality traits and actions certainly fit the description of a sociopath as defined in "The Sociopath Next Door" written by Martha Stout, a leading clinical psychologist and Harvard Medical School faculty member. ( )
  LadyLo | Jun 17, 2019 |
Condamné à mort, Meursault. Sur une plage algérienne, il a tué un Arabe. À cause du soleil, dira-t-il, parce qu'il faisait chaud. On n'en tirera rien d'autre. Rien ne le fera plus réagir : ni l'annonce de sa condamnation, ni la mort de sa mère, ni les paroles du prêtre avant la fin.

Comme si, sur cette plage, il avait soudain eu la révélation de l'universelle équivalence du tout et du rien.

La conscience de n'être sur la terre qu'en sursis, d'une mort qui, quoi qu'il arrive, arrivera, sans espoir de salut. Et comment être autre chose qu'indifférent à tout après ça ?

Étranger sur la terre, étranger à lui-même, Meursault le bien nommé pose les questions qui deviendront un leitmotiv dans l’œuvre de Camus.

De La Peste à La Chute, mais aussi dans ses pièces et dans ses essais, celui qui allait devenir Prix Nobel de littérature en 1957 ne cessera de s'interroger sur le sens de l'existence. Sa violente en 1960 contribua quelque peu à rendre mythique ce maître à penser de toute une génération.
  Haijavivi | Jun 10, 2019 |
I read The Stranger in English translation, in Matthew Ward's 1989 translation as published by Knopf. I found it a powerful, compelling work, for reasons I find hard to articulate. As in profound works of literature and poetry, its meaning extends far beyond its words. I sense that I will have to mull over it and return to it to understand its effects on me and its broader significance.

By no accident, I read this novel while reading Brave Genius, Sean Carroll's dual biography of Albert Camus and the biologist Jacques Monod, who fought against the Nazi occupation in Vichy France during WW2. The latter book gave me insight into Camus, who in his work with the French underground and in his opposition to the Soviet Union in the 1950s, could hardly be less like The Stranger's protagonist Meursault.

Camus seems to have invented Meursault as a striking opposite to himself -- perhaps for didactic purposes, given the time frame in which he wrote. Camus put his survival at serious risk for the sake of his culture and country. His protagonist Meursault is entirely uncaring about everything (including the death of his mother; the man he has murdered for no reason; and his own existence). He is literally inhuman ("non-human") in his indifference, utter detachment, and lack of insight and curiosity. The alternative English title The Outsider captures a sense of Meursault's character, and the book could as easily have been titled "The Alien". ( )
  danielx | Jun 3, 2019 |
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It is quite a trick to write of life & death, as Camus does, in terms of an almost total social and moral vacuum. He may get philosophical satisfaction from it. Most readers will call it philosophic doodling.
added by Shortride | editTime (May 20, 1946)
"The Stranger,” a novel of crime and punishment by Albert Camus, published today, should touch off in this country a renewed burst of discussion about the young French writers who are at the moment making more unusual literary news than the writers of any other country.

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Mother died today. (Stuart Gilbert translation)
Maman died today. (Matthew Ward translation)
Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas.
And I, too, felt ready to start life all over again. It was if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still.
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Pubblicato nel 1942, "Lo straniero" è un classico della letteratura contemporanea: protagonista è Meursault, un modesto impiegato che vive ad Algeri in uno stato di indifferenza, di estraneità a se stesso e al mondo. Un giorno, dopo un litigio, inesplicabilmente Meursault uccide un arabo. Viene arrestato e si consegna, del tutto impassibile, alle inevitabili conseguenze del fatto - il processo e la condanna a morte - senza cercare giustificazioni, difese o menzogne. Meursault è un eroe "assurdo", e la sua lucida coscienza del reale gli permette di giungere attraverso una logica esasperata alla verità di essere e di sentire.
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Je suis étranger.

Aujourd'hui, maman est morte.

Et je ne pleure pas.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679720200, Paperback)

The Stranger is not merely one of the most widely read novels of the 20th century, but one of the books likely to outlive it. Written in 1946, Camus's compelling and troubling tale of a disaffected, apparently amoral young man has earned a durable popularity (and remains a staple of U.S. high school literature courses) in part because it reveals so vividly the anxieties of its time. Alienation, the fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt--all could have been given a purely modern inflection in the hands of a lesser talent than Camus, who won the Nobel Prize in 1957 and was noted for his existentialist aesthetic. The remarkable trick of The Stranger, however, is that it's not mired in period philosophy.

The plot is simple. A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. The trial's proceedings are absurd, a parsing of incidental trivialities--that Meursault, for instance, seemed unmoved by his own mother's death and then attended a comic movie the evening after her funeral are two ostensibly damning facts--so that the eventual sentence the jury issues is both ridiculous and inevitable.

Meursault remains a cipher nearly to the story's end--dispassionate, clinical, disengaged from his own emotions. "She wanted to know if I loved her," he says of his girlfriend. "I answered the same way I had the last time, that it didn't mean anything but that I probably didn't." There's a latent ominousness in such observations, a sense that devotion is nothing more than self-delusion. It's undoubtedly true that Meursault exhibits an extreme of resignation; however, his confrontation with "the gentle indifference of the world" remains as compelling as it was when Camus first recounted it. --Ben Guterson

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A young Algerian, Meursault, afflicted with a sort of aimless inertia, becomes embroiled in the petty intrigues of a local pimp and, somewhat inexplicably, ends up killing a man. Once he's imprisoned and eventually brought to trial, his crime, it becomes apparent, is not so much the arguably defensible murder he has committed as it is his deficient character. In the 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 a new American translation, the classic has been given new life for generations to come.

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