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The Stranger by Albert Camus

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The Stranger by Albert Camus


Last year, when COVID changed our lives in so many ways, we read Albert Camus' La Peste (The Plague).

L'Étranger (The Stranger) is a short, powerful novel; widely regarded as Camus' masterpiece. Before we move on to an incredible slate of existentialist literature over the next year we should have The Stranger at our fingertips.

Camus explores "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd" in telling the story of Meursault, an ordinary man who gets caught up in a senseless situation on an Algerian beach.

I'm reading from a modern translation by Matthew Ward with new/used copies widely available:

Here is a free digital version translated by Stuart Gilbert that looks like an excellent translation:
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