An emotionally detached young man learns that his mother's dead, gets engaged to his girlfriend for no particular reason, shoots a man for getting the sun into his eye at that time, has a bunch of philosophical existential internal monologues and conversations in prison, and is convicted and executed mostly for being a Jerkass. Worth Reading, Books Covers, The Outside, Books Worth, The Stranger, Létranger, Book, Albert Camus, L Étranger
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field), he came to France at the age of twenty-five.