by Albert Camus, Sandra Smith
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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“My mother died todayOr maybe yesterday, I don’t know”L’ Étranger (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of the person 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 randomly an act of violence on a sunny beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse composed his guilt in the eyes of society and the law.Yet he’s as much a victim as a criminal.Albert Camus, the representation of man confronted with the absurd, and revolt against the injustice of society, describes the paradox of the man of joy in life faced with the “tender indifference of the world”.Sandra Smith’s translation, based on listening to a recording of Camus at his reading aloud on French radio in 1954, with sensitivity makes them the subtleties and ambience of L’ Etranger’s dream.Albert Camus (1913-1960), French writer, essayist and playwright, is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.His most famous works include The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), The Plague (1947), The Righteous (1949), The Rebel (1951) and The Fall (1956).He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, and his latest novel, The First Man, unfinished at the time of his death, first published in 1994, was published in English shortly thereafter by Hamish Hamilton.Sandra Smith was born and raised in New York City and is a Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge, where she teaches French and Language Literature.She won the French American Fondation Florence Gould Foundation’s French Translation Award, as well as the STYLO Livre-de-la-Club de Mois’s Translation Award.
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