BOOK CLUB - THE STRANGER (and) THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION

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Date: 
Thursday, 16 March, 2017 - 19:30 - 21:30
Venue: 
TBC

The Stranger by Albert Camus
Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an 
Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the 
absurd." First published in English in 1946.

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach.

In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. 

The Stranger is of course central to Daoud’s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.

 

The Book Club is for BASS and ANZA members and new members are always welcome. If you would like to join the Book Club, please contact Suzi at

 

anzabass.bookclub@gmail.com