The Stranger

The Stranger

by Albert Camus (Author)

With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, The Stranger—Camus's masterpiece—gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. With an Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie; translated by Matthew Ward.Behind the subterfuge, Camus explores what he termed the nakedness of man faced with the absurd and describes the condition of reckless alienation and spiritual exhaustion that characterized so much of twentieth-century life. “The Stranger is a strikingly modern text and Matthew Ward’s translation will enable readers to appreciate why Camus’s stoical anti-hero and ­devious narrator remains one of the key expressions of a postwar Western malaise, and one of the cleverest exponents of a literature of ambiguity.” –from the Introduction by Peter DunwoodieFirst published in 1946; now in translation by Matthew Ward.

Journey into the Absurd with "The Stranger" by Albert Camus

In the sun-drenched streets of Algiers, Albert Camus's "The Stranger" delves into the profound depths of existentialism, exploring the complexities of life, morality, and the absurdity of existence. This captivating novel introduces us to Meursault, an indifferent young man who finds himself entangled in a series of events that challenge his perception of reality and the world around him.

Published in 1942, "The Stranger" is a philosophical masterpiece that continues to resonate with readers worldwide. Camus's existentialist philosophy is woven into the narrative, inviting us to question the inherent meaninglessness of life and the futile search for purpose. Meursault's detachment and emotional apathy are starkly contrasted against the vibrant backdrop of Algiers, highlighting the absurdity of human existence.

As Meursault becomes embroiled in a trial for a crime he committed, the novel delves into the intricacies of morality and justice. Camus's exploration of the conflict between individual freedom and societal norms raises profound questions about the nature of responsibility and the consequences of our actions.

"The Stranger" is a literary gem that invites introspection and encourages readers to grapple with the existential questions that haunt humanity. Camus's poignant prose and compelling characters make this novel a timeless classic that continues to provoke contemplation and debate.

Immerse yourself in the enigmatic world of "The Stranger" and embark on a journey of philosophical exploration that will challenge your assumptions and leave you pondering the essence of human existence.