The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation

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.

Author: Kamel Daoud

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590517529

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 “A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims.” —The New Yorker 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.
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The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud Book Analysis

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud  Book Analysis

This debut novel is an interesting take on a classic piece of literature, and is a must-read for anybody who enjoyed The Stranger. Find out everything you need to know about The Stranger in a fraction of the time!

Author: Bright Summaries

Publisher: BrightSummaries.com

ISBN: 9782806272386

Category: Study Aids

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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Meursault Investigation with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, which is a sort of epilogue to Camus’ novel The Stranger. It raises interesting questions about the Algerian identity and the French occupation, as it focuses on the family of ‘the Arab’ killed by Meursault, and their attempts to uncover the truth behind this murder. The book has been listed by Publishers Weekly as one of the 150 best novels of the year and has been awarded the Prix Goncourt for first novels, one of the most coveted French prizes for literature. Daoud is is an Algerian writer and, while The Meursault Investigation is his only novel, he is known for his popular newspaper column. This debut novel is an interesting take on a classic piece of literature, and is a must-read for anybody who enjoyed The Stranger. Find out everything you need to know about The Stranger in a fraction of the time! This easy-to-follow reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!
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The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

" An original Introduction considers the philosophical and political background, the themes, genre and the setting of the text.

Author: Ray Moore, M. A.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 151750354X

Category:

Page: 58

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Gain more insight into Kamel Daoud's 2015 bestseller which offers an alternative viewpoint on the murder of an anonymous Arab by Meursault in Albert Camus' classic novel "The Stranger." An original Introduction considers the philosophical and political background, the themes, genre and the setting of the text. For each chapter there are Study Questions which aim to stimulate thought and discussion and a detailed Commentary to keep you the reader on-track.
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The Stranger and The Meursault Investigation as examples of African Novels

 The Stranger  and  The Meursault Investigation  as examples of African Novels

Essay from the year 2016 in the subject Literature - Africa, grade: A, , course: Introduction to African Literature, language: English, abstract: Albert Camus' novel 'The Stranger' is a colonial text in which the writer willingly ignores ...

Author: Inbisat Shuja

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783668368002

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 4

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Essay from the year 2016 in the subject Literature - Africa, grade: A, , course: Introduction to African Literature, language: English, abstract: Albert Camus' novel 'The Stranger' is a colonial text in which the writer willingly ignores the Arab, the second most important character of the novel. The present research endeavors to prove that 'The Stranger' by Camus and its counter narrative 'The Meursault Investigation' by Kamel Daoud are examples of African novels. The following research therefore endeavors to analyse 'The Stranger' by Albert Camus and 'The Meursault Investigation' by Daoud as examples of African novels, from a postcolonial perspective. In order to do so, the native Arab portrayed in both the novels will be analysed. First, the voiceless Arab of 'The Stranger' will be analyzed, followed by an investigation into and analysis of the portrayal of the Arab in 'The Meursault Investigation'.
Categories: Literary Collections

Zabor or The Psalms

Zabor  or The Psalms

A fable, parable, and confession, the second novel from the acclaimed author of The Meursault Investigation pays homage to the essential need for fiction and to the freedom from tradition afforded by an adopted language.

Author: Kamel Daoud

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781635420159

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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A fable, parable, and confession, the second novel from the acclaimed author of The Meursault Investigation pays homage to the essential need for fiction and to the freedom from tradition afforded by an adopted language. Having lost his mother and been shunned by his father, Zabor grows up in the company of books, which teach him a new language. Ever since he can remember, he has been convinced that he has a gift: if he writes, he will stave off death; those captured in the sentences of his notebooks will live longer. Like a kind of inverted Scheherazade saving his fellow men, he experiments night after night with the delirious power of the imagination. Then, one night, his estranged half brother and the other relatives who would disown him come knocking at the door: his father is going to die and perhaps only Zabor is capable of delaying that fateful moment. Sitting next to the father who has ostracized him, the son writes compulsively, retracing an existence characterized by strangeness, abandonment, and humiliation, but also by wondrous encounters with fictional worlds that he alone in the entire village can access.
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Chroniques

Chroniques

This engaging collection of essays showcases the extraordinary passion, insight, and range of Kamel Daoud, bestselling author of The Meursault Investigation.

Author: Kamel Daoud

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590519578

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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This engaging collection of essays showcases the extraordinary passion, insight, and range of Kamel Daoud, bestselling author of The Meursault Investigation. Kamel Daoud has been a journalist for more than twenty years, writing the most-read column in Algeria, in Le Quotidien d'Oran, while also collaborating on various online media and contributing to foreign publications such as the New York Times. During the 2010-2016 period, he put his name to almost two thousand texts--first intended for the Algerian public, then read more and more throughout the world as his reputation grew. Whether he is criticizing political Islam or the decline of the Algerian regime, embracing the hope kindled by Arab revolutions or defending women's rights, Daoud does so in his own inimitable style: at once poetic and provocative, he captures his devoted followers with fresh, counterintuitive arguments about the nature of humanity, religion, and liberty.
Categories: Political Science

Children of the New World

Children of the New World

First published in 1962, this timeless novel “embodies Djebar's refined literary sensibility, empathy for people caught in times of violent change, and penetrating insights into the complex and painful difficulties between men and ...

Author: Assia Djebar

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1558616381

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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A compelling war novel, as seen by women, sheds light on the current Iraq conflict.
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The Stranger by Albert Camus a Critical Introduction Revised Edition

The Stranger by Albert Camus a Critical Introduction  Revised Edition

You may also be interested in this Ray Moore's Study Guide on Kamel Daoud's "The Meursault Investigation" NOTE An updated cover for "The Stranger by Albert Camus: A Critical Introduction (Revised Edition)" has recently been uploaded for the ...

Author: Ray Moore

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1507792425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 242

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The Second Edition of this popular critical study has been significantly expanded and completely revised, making it the most thorough single-volume study of Camus' classic novel. A Critical Introduction places Camus' ideas in context. Part One shows the development of his thought in the early essays, the unpublished “A Happy Death”, the plays “Caligula” and “The Misunderstanding”, and the philosophical work “The Myth of Sisyphus”. Building on this foundation, Part Two gives a detailed, consistent reading of “The Stranger”. The aim throughout, is to explain the meaning that Camus intended his text to have, thus meeting the needs of both the general reader and the student up to graduate level. This guide is thought provoking and encourages the reader to develop their own ideas about interpreting the central themes of the text.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Schr dinger s Dog

Schr  dinger s Dog

A striking debut novel about the power of a father’s love for his son and the heart-wrenching choices he has to make in the face of death.

Author: Martin Dumont

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781892746290

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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A striking debut novel about the power of a father’s love for his son and the heart-wrenching choices he has to make in the face of death. Yanis’s world is Pierre, the son he raised as a single parent. For nearly twenty years, Yanis spent his nights as a cabdriver with Pierre always at his side, so as not to miss a moment in each other’s company. Yanis and Pierre also share a love of diving—in pursuit of that magical moment when they lose themselves in the deep sea. When enveloped by the natural world, father and son relish an escape from life’s pressures. But for some time, Pierre has been tired. Too tired. Despite how attentively Yanis watched him, Yanis missed the early signs of illness. Faced with the harsh reality of his son’s numbered days, Yanis struggles to invent a life his son won’t have the time to live.
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Geography of an Adultery

Geography of an Adultery

With her deceptively cool, clinically precise style, Agnès Riva unravels the inner workings of a private life.

Author: Agnès Riva

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590511374

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Dissecting a midlife affair, this perceptive, slyly comical debut explores how the spaces that limit our movements can be more exciting than the person we think we want. Ema and Paul are lovers. Like so many others before them, they met through work. Both are married with children, and they arrange hurried meetings away from prying eyes. Paul’s car, a corner of Ema’s house, a hotel room…But their relationship soon suffers from this too-restricted sphere, and Ema decides to put them both in danger, at the risk of losing everything. Cleverly attaching itself to the locations where passion plays out—whether domestic or professional, safe or transgressive—Geography of an Adultery casts a radical eye on anticipation and desire. With her deceptively cool, clinically precise style, Agnès Riva unravels the inner workings of a private life.
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A Sunday in Ville d Avray

A Sunday in Ville d Avray

In this subtly haunting novel, a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb.

Author: Dominique Barbéris

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781635420463

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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In this subtly haunting novel, a married woman confesses her encounter with a mysterious man, which threatens the stilted calm of life in a Paris suburb. Echoing the acclaimed and unsettling film Sundays and Cybèle from 1962, A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray is suffused with the same feeling of disquiet: Two sisters meet as the light is fading in a detached house in Ville-d’Avray, each filled with the memory of their childhood hopes and fears, their insatiable desire for the romantic, for wild landscapes worthy of Jane Eyre, and for a mad love, all concealed beneath the appearance of a sensible life. Claire Marie, considered by most to be a dreamy, passive sort of person, suddenly breaks from the everyday by confiding in her sister about an unlikely meeting in this seemingly peaceful provincial town. To her listener’s amazement, she tells of her wanderings around the Fausses-Reposes forest, the Corot Ponds, and the suburban train stations, and the lurking dangers she encountered there. In this arresting novel reminiscent of Simenon, Dominique Barbéris explores the great depths of the human soul, troubled like the waters of the ponds.
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The Postman s Fianc e

The Postman s Fianc  e

Twenty-two-year-old Tania has moved to Montreal to study, fine-tune her French and fall in love.

Author: Denis Thériault

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786071149

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Twenty-two-year-old Tania has moved to Montreal to study, fine-tune her French and fall in love. Finding work as a waitress in an unpretentious down-town restaurant, she meets Bilodo, a shy postman who spends his days perfecting his calligraphy and writing haiku. The two hit it off. But then one stormy day their lives take a dramatic turn, and as their destinies become entwined Tania and Bilodo are led into a world where nothing is as it seems. A charming standalone work that reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, The Postman’s Fiancée is an enchanting, poignant and bittersweet love story that will move readers, young and old alike.
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Wanderer

Wanderer

Wanderer, echoing Schubert's recurring theme, is a novel of rare delicacy, a twilight adagio, a Winterreise, and a subtle ode to German Romanticism.

Author: Sarah Léon

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590519264

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 999

An exceptional debut novel that explores the stifled, unspoken feelings of a music teacher and his former student, and the damage done by their years of silence Hermin, a composer and instructor, leads a secluded life near the Bourbonnais Mountains in France, composing an homage to Schubert. On a bitter January night, this studious peace is broken when his former pupil, Lenny, a piano prodigy, mysteriously knocks at his door. The two men must confront the ghosts of their past, somewhere between musical harmony, erotic tension, and revelation. Wanderer, echoing Schubert's recurring theme, is a novel of rare delicacy, a twilight adagio, a Winterreise, and a subtle ode to German Romanticism.
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The Postman s Fianc e

The Postman s Fianc  e

The Postman’s Fiancée reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch and lyrical prose with this love story that will ...

Author: Denis Theriault; Translated by John Cullen

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 9781786071149

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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Tania moves from Bavaria to Montreal to fine-tune her French and fall in love. Finding work as a waitress at a low-key restaurant in a working-class area of the city, she meets Bilodo, a shy postman who writes haiku and who is passionate about calligraphy. The two hit it off but then one stormy day their lives take a dramatic turn, and as their destinies become increasingly entwined the two are led into a world where nothing is as it seems. The Postman’s Fiancée reunites readers with the touching and much-loved characters first found in The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, charming readers once again with his deft touch and lyrical prose with this love story that will move readers, young and old alike.
Categories: Fiction

Villa Triste

Villa Triste

This novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man’s memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world ...

Author: Patrick Modiano

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590517680

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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This novel by Nobel Prize–winning author Patrick Modiano is one of the most seductive and accessible in his oeuvre: the story of a man’s memories of fleeing responsibility, finding love, and searching for meaning in an uncertain world The narrator of Villa Triste, an anxious, roving, stateless young man of eighteen, arrives in a small French lakeside town near Switzerland in the early 1960s. He is fleeing the atmosphere of menace he feels around him and the fear that grips him. Fear of war? Of imminent catastrophe? Of others? Whatever it may be, the proximity of Switzerland, to which he plans to run at the first sign of danger, gives him temporary reassurance. The young man hides among the other summer visitors until he meets a beautiful young actress named Yvonne Jacquet, and a strange doctor, René Meinthe. These two invite him into their world of soirees and late-night debauchery. But when real life beckons once again, he finds no sympathy from his new companions. Modiano has written a haunting novel that captures lost youth, the search for identity, and ultimately, the fleetingness of time.
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The Turncoat

The Turncoat

Rejected by his publisher, who thought that the story of a German soldier defecting to the Soviet side would be unwelcome in the context of the Cold War, the manuscript was forgotten for nearly seventy years before being rediscovered after ...

Author: Siegfried Lenz

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590510544

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“Never has the aftermath for Germans been better depicted than in Siegfried Lenz’s elegiac, The Turncoat. A newly discovered masterpiece.” —Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Avenue of Spies Previously unpublished, this German postwar classic is one of the best books of this major writer, who died in 2014. The last summer before the end of World War II, Walter Proska is posted to a small unit tasked with ensuring the safety of a railway line deep in the forest on the border with Ukraine and Byelorussia. In this swampy region, a handful of men—stunned by the heat, attacked by mosquitoes, and abandoned by their own troops in the face of the resistance—must also submit to the increasingly absurd and inhuman orders of their superior. Time passes, and the soldiers isolate themselves, haunted by madness and the desire for death. An encounter with a young Polish partisan, Wanda, makes Proska further doubt the validity of his oath of allegiance, and he seeks to answer the questions that obsess him: When conscience and duty clash, which is more important? Is it possible to take any action without becoming guilty in some way? And where is Wanda, this woman from the resistance he can’t forget? Written in 1951, The Turncoat is Siegfried Lenz’s second novel. Rejected by his publisher, who thought that the story of a German soldier defecting to the Soviet side would be unwelcome in the context of the Cold War, the manuscript was forgotten for nearly seventy years before being rediscovered after the author’s death. A posthumous triumph.
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Blitz

Blitz

But unintentionally he falls into the arms of Helga, an older woman, in a cross-generational encounter that is the heart of the tale.

Author: David Trueba

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590517857

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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From the author of Learning to Lose, David Trueba's new novel about a young Spanish architect's affair with an older German woman. Blitz is a romantic tragicomedy that recounts the exploits of Beto, a young architect who heads to Munich with his girlfriend to take part in a landscape-planning competition. In an instant, a text message Beto wasn't meant to receive shatters him, leaving him bewildered and heading nowhere. But unintentionally he falls into the arms of Helga, an older woman, in a cross-generational encounter that is the heart of the tale. With sensitivity and biting wit, Trueba crafts a story of errant souls and lost loves, humorously critiquing male narcissism, all the while showing us that in this modern age it is more important than ever to appreciate every moment and embrace intimacy when luck allows it, no matter from where.
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In the Distance with You

In the Distance with You

"Inspired by the life of ground-breaking Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, this Chilean literary thriller tells the story of three characters whose lives are intertwined with that of an enigmatic author"--

Author: Carla Guelfenbein

Publisher: Other Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781590518700

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 136

"Inspired by the life of ground-breaking Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, this Chilean literary thriller tells the story of three characters whose lives are intertwined with that of an enigmatic author"--
Categories: Fiction

Causality and Narrative in French Fiction from Zola to Robbe Grillet

Causality and Narrative in French Fiction from Zola to Robbe Grillet

Part II is a straightforward narrative account of some of Meursault's experiences
during the investigation , the trial , and his subsequent imprisonment while
awaiting a pardon , which apparently does not come ( the latest moments related
in the ...

Author: Roy Jay Nelson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015015514097

Category: Causation in literature.

Page: 245

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Categories: Causation in literature.

Philosophy in Literature

Philosophy in Literature

The magistrate ' s prelimi . nary investigation takes a bad turn for Meursault when
he reveals himself to be an atheist . When this fact comes to light it seems entirely
to displace the question of the young man ' s guilt . His admission of atheism is ...

Author: Konstantin Kolenda

Publisher: Barnes & Noble

ISBN: UOM:39015026855505

Category: Didactic literature

Page: 237

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Categories: Didactic literature