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By Adele King

ISBN-10: 1906598401

ISBN-13: 9781906598402

Raised via an illiterate, impoverished mom, Albert Camus grew to become one of many maximum writers of the 20th century and an emblem of the other to blind allegiance to Communist ideology. under 3 years after he used to be provided the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, on the age of forty-four, he died in an vehicle coincidence.

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76 Pascal Pia was trying to find work for Camus in France and was also looking for a publisher for The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus. Among those to whom Pia sent the two finished manuscripts and who read them with great enthusiasm were the novelist Andre Malraux and Jean Paulhan (1884-1968), a critic, writer and editorial adviser for Gallimard. In Decem­ ber 1941 Gaston Gallimard (1881-1975) wrote to Camus, proposing a contract for The Stranger, with 10 per cent royal­ ties on the first 10,000 copies, and an advance of 5,000 francs, an offer Camus accepted.

He was also writing a play, which became Le Malentendu {The Misunderstanding), set in a central Euro­ pean country, but rather like the mountainous plateau on which he was then living. The region around Chambon had been a stronghold of French Protestantism from the 16th century. Protestants knew about persecution of minorities; Chambon became during the war a refuge for those needing to flee the German occupiers, especially many Jews. There was an active Resist­ ance movement in the area. During his stay at Le Panelier, Camus met people who worked in the Resistance movement.

This is a passage that Camus reworked in The Stranger. In A Happy Death Mersault eats eggs out of a pan, with no bread, because he had forgotten to buy any, and he cuts out clippings from the newspaper. (His habit is based on a real observation of a mental patient, which Camus described in his notebook in 1936. 59 Camus cut the unnecessary detail in rewriting. Part of the power of The Stranger is its economy. The Stranger is the story of Meursault, who clerks in an office in Algiers, and who describes his life simply, initially without being consciously aware of any thought or feeling.

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