By Albert Camus
In his first novel, a contented demise, written whilst he used to be in his early twenties and retrieved from his deepest papers following his loss of life in 1960, Albert Camus laid the root for The Stranger, focusing in either works on an Algerian clerk who kills a guy in chilly blood. yet he additionally printed himself to an quantity that he by no means may in his later fiction. For if a contented demise is the learn of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his life, it's also a remarkably candid portrait of its writer as a tender man.
As the radical follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's condo -- after which, fleeing, in a trip that takes him via levels of exile, hedonism, privation, and loss of life -it provides us a glimpse into the mind's eye of 1 of the good writers of the 20th century. For this is the younger Camus himself, in love with the ocean and solar, enraptured via ladies but disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of motion and ethical accountability that may make him principal to the idea of our time.
Translated from the French through Richard Howard
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A Happy Death by Albert Camus