Happy Death

Happy Death

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by Albert Camus
     
 

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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy

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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man.

As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house -- and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death -it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time.

Translated from the French by Richard Howard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307827845
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/08/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
278,399
File size:
2 MB

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Happy Death 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Sorry i got lonely and curious but do you mind if i watch?
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I have read most works by Camus, some are translated better than others. This version is so choppy and hard to follow that I decided it was not worth the effort to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am deeply immersed in Camus' life and works. I read the Stranger before a Happy Death and though it is clearly a prelude to the Stranger, I believe it is a much deeper and intransient novel. I found it incredibly inspiring a true look into mankind and individual morality. Camus is a beautiful writer who gets his message clearly across. Mersault is the true image of man, self realized and the seeker and creator of his own bliss.