“The Meursault Investigation” by Kamel Daoud, Thu, Jan 26, 10am

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October 27, 2016 by Ayman Fadel

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

Discussion scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10 am. Note that we are discussing Camus’s novel The Stranger in November 2016.

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.

Pines libraries (6 copies).

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  1. […] that in January 2017, we are discussing a novel which addresses the events of The Stranger from a different …. Read them both and join us twice for the […]

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