The Outsider

The Outsider

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Author: Albert Camus
Translator: Sandra Smith
Publisher: Penguin Random House
No. of pages: 128
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Language: English
ISBN: 9780141198064
Published on: 2013
Book Format: Paperback
Subject: Classics
Age group: Teens

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'My mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know.' In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others.

And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal. Albert Camus' portrayal of a man confronting the absurd, and revolting against the injustice of society, depicts the paradox of man's joy in life when faced with the 'tender indifference' of the world.

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