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The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Apr 2000


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141182024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141182025
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. His childhood was poor, although not unhappy. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist as well as organizing the Théâtre de l'équipe, a young avant-garde dramatic group.

His early essays were collected in L'Envers et l'endroit (The Wrong Side and the Right Side) and Noces (Nuptials). He went to Paris, where he worked on the newspaper Paris Soir before returning to Algeria. His play, Caligula, appeared in 1939. His first two important books, L'Etranger (The Outsider) and the long essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), were published when he returned to Paris.

After the occupation of France by the Germans in 1941, Camus became one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement. He edited and contributed to the underground newspaper Combat, which he had helped to found. After the war he devoted himself to writing and established an international reputation with such books as La Peste (The Plague 1947), Les Justes (The Just 1949) and La Chute (The Fall; 1956). During the late 1950s Camus renewed his active interest in the theatre, writing and directing stage adaptations of William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun and Dostoyevsky's The Possessed. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was killed in a road accident in 1960.

His last novel, Le Premier Homme (The First Man), unfinished at the time of his death, appeared for the first time in 1994. An instant bestseller, the book received widespread critical acclaim, and has been translated and published in over thirty countries. Much of Camus's work is available in Penguin.

Sartre paid tribute to him in his obituary notice: 'Camus could never cease to be one of the principal forces in our cultural domain, nor to represent, in his own way, the history of France and of this century.'

(Image: Albert Camus in Oran. Private collection. Rights reserved.)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Navin Parasram on 3 April 2000
Format: Paperback
A masterful little monologue that will convince anyone of the genius of Camus. We spend all our lives building our perceptions of ourselves and those around us only to realise that these collective impressions are but a work of fiction that serves no other purpose than to make life a little more bearable. This tiny book has more to say about life than I thought was possible in so few words, it speaks of the fall from grace that occurs when one examines one's own life outside of the "safe" context that is provided by society and day to day life. This is among my favourite titles and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever felt like an objective observer of the mechanisms of social order.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2004
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The Fall is - as far as I can see - the moment of perfection for Camus. I have studied philosophy and English literature but this book was hardly ever mentioned. For some reason most people (probably following the example set by the emperor's new clothes) chose to say that "The Outsider" or "The Plague" are superior to this. on the contrary, this is Camus' smartest funniest most vicious and, simultaneously, his most human novel - one that anticipates the most "controversial" writers of today.
if you dare to look at yourself in the mirror then look at this too. the reward is the truth, whatever that might be for you.
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It was a book.

I liked that it was a book

I disliked that it cost money.

Ho was it as a book? I bought it for a friend so I don't know.
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The end of this triumphant little book (though it is far 'bigger' than a lot of over-egged tomes claiming mightily serious things for themselves) convinces me that the unidentified listener to whom Clamance addressess his confession is none other than the judge-penitent, Clamance himself, though this is left unstated. If you enjoy a ripping yarn then this probably isn't for you but as a philosophical whodunnit (I did!) it is peerless. It also contains writing like this: "Wealth, my dear friend, is not actually acquittal, but a reprieve - always worth having." Stunning - and this edition comes with a lucid introduction by Robin Buss, who deserves praise for rendering this marvellous prose-poem into superb English. Too much praise - Jean-Baptiste would be horrified.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Hawkins on 4 Jan 2005
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I first read this novel when I was twenty, on the recommendation of a friend and I have been eternally grateful ever since. Since then not a year has gone by (and i'm now nearly 40) when I have not revisited it. The way it is written and it's short length mean that it has a certain individual power that I have rarely found elsewhere. To the point where each time I re-read it, it has a different impact on me. It is a book to keep on the bookshelf and re-visit again and again. The underlying concepts, like any great novel seem as applicable for any time.
I would recommend this novel to anyone, read it, keep it, re-read and lend it to friends. What is it about ? It is about you, and that is what makes it great.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 2000
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One of the few books that one reads that genuinely excites the mind. Though very short, each page provokes deep thought and self-questioning, which apparently was Camus' intention. "The Fall" holds something for those who want a heavy, worthy book without the pain of turgid style and prose. Nor is it too pretentious or preachy. Everyone I know who has read it has found "The Fall" hard to put down. A gem, even if the moral tale is ultimately perhaps enigmatic....
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