Albert Camus about his book:
I summarized The Stranger a long time ago, with a remark I admit was highly paradoxical: ‘In our society any man who does not weep at his mother’s funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death.’ I only meant that the hero of my book is condemned because he does not play the game.
L’Étranger or The Stranger is a 1942 novel by Algerian-French author Albert Camus whom I have already mentioned on my blog >> An algerian bookshelf: Albert Camus. Briefly, he’s famous for his absurd philosophical literature that deals with the existence of the man as individual such as Meursault in The Stranger.
Camus gives a first-person view of the sensless life of Mersault who begins the story with ignoring the funeral of his mother, centers it with killing randomly an Arab, then ends it by dying for the reason of being senseless with his mother and with life in general. It’s shocking, but it sounds simple at the same time, doesn’t it?
Is the story ended with the death of Meursault?
Kamel Daoud says no…
The Algerian writer proposed another philosophical side to the story by the 2013 novel of “Meursault, contre-enquête” or “Meursault Investigation” in which he represents himself as the brother of the nameless Arab whom got killed in Camus’ novel. Meursault didn’t killed only “an Arab”, related to Daoud’s novel, but he killed Musa, the brother of Harun who is the protagonist of the Meursault Investigation and the victim of The Stranger.
Meursault, contre-enquête won the 2015 Goncourt first novel prize, the 2014 Prix François-Mauriac and the 2014 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie.