L'étranger by Albert Camus


Albert Camus

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L'Étranger est le premier roman d’Albert Camus, paru en 1942. Il prend place dans la tétralogie que Camus nommera « cycle de l’absurde » qui décrit les fondements de la philosophie camusienne : l’absurde. Cette tétralogie comprend également l’essai intitulé Le Mythe de Sisyphe ainsi que les pièces de théâtre Caligula et Le Malentendu.

L’Étranger. (2021, June 25). In wikipedia. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27%C3%89tranger

L'Étranger (French: [l‿e.tʁɑ̃.ʒe]) is a 1942 novella by French author Albert Camus. Its theme and outlook are often cited as examples of Camus' philosophy, absurdism coupled with existentialism, though Camus personally rejected the latter label. The title character is Meursault, an indifferent French settler in Algeria described as "a citizen of France domiciled in North Africa, a man of the Mediterranean, an homme du midi yet one who hardly partakes of the traditional Mediterranean culture."He attends his mother's funeral. Weeks later, he kills an Arab man in French Algiers, who was involved in a conflict with one of Meursault's neighbors. Meursault is tried and sentenced to death. The story is divided into two parts, presenting Meursault's first-person narrative view before and after the murder, respectively.

The Stranger (Camus novel). (2021, June 2). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stranger_(Camus_novel)

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Suggested by 1 French learners

This was book assigned in my advanced French reading course in college. I found it really easy to read, and re-read it again last summer. The simplicity that the main character looks at life is entertaining, and this book really takes a turn in the second half. I suggest this book to beginner-intermediate level French readers.