A Happy Death by Albert Camus

By Albert Camus

In his first novel, a contented dying, written whilst he was once in his early twenties and retrieved from his inner most papers following his demise in 1960, Albert Camus laid the basis for The Stranger, focusing in either works on an Algerian clerk who kills a guy in chilly blood. yet he additionally published himself to an quantity that he by no means may in his later fiction. For if a cheerful loss of life is the research of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his life, it's also a remarkably candid portrait of its writer as a tender man.

As the radical follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's residence -- after which, fleeing, in a trip that takes him via levels of exile, hedonism, privation, and loss of life -it supplies us a glimpse into the mind's eye of 1 of the nice writers of the 20 th century. For here's the younger Camus himself, in love with the ocean and sunlight, enraptured by means of ladies but disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of motion and ethical accountability that might make him imperative to the concept of our time.

Translated from the French by means of Richard Howard

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I lea n ed on the window sill and began to laugh : where was this won derful upright stance they're so proud of: they w ere crushed again st the s idewalk and two long legs j ump ed out from under their shoulders. On a seventh floor balcony : that's where I should have spent my whole life. You have to p rop u p moral sup erioritie s with material symbols or else they'll tumble. But exactly what is my superiority over men? S up eriority of position, nothing more : I have pl aced myself abov e the human within me and I study it.

He inspected it minutely and then gave a slight laugh. " Eve came in and looked at the fork with passionate interest. me anoth er one. " sal'd , "gIve "Agath a," P lerre ' Eve obeyed and Pierre began to eat. She had taken the suspect fork and held it tightly in her hands, her eyes never leaving it; she seemed to make a violent effort. How suspicious all their gestures and relationship s are! thought M. Darbedat. He was uneasy. " Eve si ghed and laid the fork on the serving table. M. Dar­ bedat felt his gall rising.

As a re sult , I never went out without my revolver. I looked at people's backs, and I imagined, from their walk, the way they would fall if I shot them. I was in the habit of hanging around the Chatelet every S u nd ay when the classical concerts let out. About six o'clock I h eard a bell rin g and the ushers came to fasten back the pl ate gla ss doors wi th hooks. This was the beginning: the crowd came out slowly; the people walked with Boating step s, their e y es still full of dreams, their hearts still full of pretty senti­ ments.

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