by Albert Camus
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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A philosophical novel described by Sartre’s existentialist colleagues as “perhaps the most beautiful and least understood” of his novels, Albert Camus, The Fall is translated by Robin Buss in Penguin Modern ClassicsJean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoilDuring several nights of drunkenness in an Amsterdam, he enjoys a chance acquaintance with his historyFrom this former lawyer and apparently convincing model citizen, self-loathing, catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation springs forthLa Chute (1956) is a brilliant portrait of a man who saw the emptiness of his existenceBut beyond representing a man and his disillusionment, Camus, the novel exposes the universal human condition and its absurdities of our innocence which, once lost, can never be recovered.Albert Camus (1913-60) is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, which are published by PenguinThey include L’Automne, L’Étranger and Le Premier Homme.The award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Camus is considered one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of the post-war period in France, but beyond that, his fame was international.If you liked La Chute, you could, like Jean-Paul Sartre la Nausée, also available in Penguin Modern ClassicsNew York Times’ Camus is the accused, his own prosecutor and lawyer’s “irresistibly brilliant examination of modern conscience”.The Fall could have been called “The Last Judgment” Olivier Todd
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