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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 DunwoodieFirst published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"This is definitely a book I want to read again in the future. Some parts I really want to dissect and try to understand. This is a very philosophical and psychological book that just kept me intrigued. If you’re the type of person that enjoys trying to figure out why certain things happen and have always pondered the question “What is the meaning of life?”, this is for you. This book is unlike any book that I have ever read and is a great French literature classic."
"“Mostly, I could tell, I made him feel uncomfortable. He didn't understand me, and he was sort of holding it against me. I felt the urge to reassure him that I was like everybody else, just like everybody else. But really there wasn't much point, and I gave up the idea out of laziness.”"