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A happy death

By: Camus, Albert Sarocchi, Jean(Afterword by) Sarocchi, Jean(Notes by) Howard, Richard(Translated by)

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Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
0141186585 / 9780141186580
Stock expected by 02/10/2019
20 cm 135 p.
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Reprint. This translation originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1972.

Is it possible to die a happy death?This is the central question of Camus's astonishing early novel, published posthumously and greeted as a major literary event.

It tells the story of a young Algerian, Mersault, who defies society's rules by committing a murder and escaping punishment, then experimenting with different ways of life and finally dying a happy man.

In many ways A Happy Death is a fascinating first sketch for The Outsider, but it can also be seen as a candid self-portrait, drawing on Camus's memories of his youth, travels and early relationships.

It is infused with lyrical descriptions of the sun-drenched Algiers of his childhood - the place where, eventually, Mersault is able to find peace and die 'without anger, without hatred, without regret'.


FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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