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‘The Outsider’ – A Critique

October 31, 2009


Camus’ ‘The Outsider’ (The Stranger) is a novel projecting the dilemma of man in post-industrial society. He has not been carved out to be an ideal. On the other hand, he is just one of the ordinary, simply the run-of-the-mill member of humanity. He can’t lead the life like the heroes of the old. He […]

Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960)

November 7, 2008


Albert Camus was born today (that is, November 7) in 1913. He was an Algerian-born, French author, philosopher and a jouralist. He won the Nobel Prize in 1957. He is remember for his especially remarkable ‘The Stranger’ (often titled as ‘The Outsider’); among his other novels are – ‘The Plague’, ‘The Fall’. He also wrote […]

‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus

July 4, 2007


The hero of the novel ‘The Outsider’, Meursault is a typical example of an absurd character. His story parallels the story of Sisyphus – stripped of all illusions, extracts a grim acceptance of life from death and defeat, he deems life worth living after all he’d had. This novel without hope, even against hope, ends […]

The ‘Absurd’

July 3, 2007


The absurd is not, says Sartre, “a mere idea; it is revealed to us in a doleful illumination – getting up, tram, four hours of work, meal, sleep; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, in the same routine.” This pattern is horrifyingly similar to the pattern of Sisyphus.The essay ‘Le Mythe de Sisyphe’ (‘The Myth […]