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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141186585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141186580
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.


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Although this is one of Camus' less accessible books, the simplicity of style and striking ideas make it a good read and worthwhile trying. His depiction of the women with whom he spent his ideal existence is lively. Likewise the sense of creeping despair that plays on the main character. Unfortunately, the plot itself does not hold many surprises and in truth the early chapters are the highlights of this book, especially the opening of the book with its thematic similarity to "The Outsider." Worth reading for its highlights - especially for fans of Camus - but less memorable than other stunning books of his.
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A work of wonderful existentialist beauty, can one die a happy death its central theme. This early work embodying an early draft of the 'Outsider' follows Mersault in the exploration of this dark theme through crafted narrative that the reader can treasure in solace. We are all going to die, so is worry a futile sentiment that burdens us all?
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This is a beautifully written book. It is my all time favourite. Mersault the hero/antihero is the very embodiment of the classic existentialist. The "house above the worlds" image is the one that I treasure most. I have read this book about five times. Far from being a dark book I find it cheers me up.
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This book is really good. It serves as a precursor to arguably, his most famous work: The Outsider. Exploring similar themes such as, existentialism, life and dealing with death. The book is very engaging, in that the character experiments with different ways of life and thus changing settings. Camus' description of Algiers is excellent and his ability to get inside the narrator's head is exceptional. As this was an early, unfinished work it can feel a bit choppy and you can see why he revised this story into what would become The Outsider. However, it is an excellent novel. Would definitely recommend for fans of Camus.
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