The Fall

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Penguin, 2000 - French literature - 108 pages
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"Have you noticed that Amsterdam's concentric canals resemble the circles of hell? A middle-class hell, of course." Jean-Baptiste Clamence addresses a chance acquaintance in an Amsterdam bar. A successful Paris barrister - the epitome of good citizenship and decent behaviour - he has now come to recognise the deep-seated hypocrisy of his existence. His brilliant, epigrammatic and, above all, discomforting monologue gradually saps, then undermines, the reader's own complacency. 'Camus is the accused, his own prosecutor and advocate. The Fall might have been called "The Last Judgement".' Oliver Todd

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User Review  - Jason Carlin - Goodreads

Not his best, as it felt a lot more like he was setting forth a philosophical treatise than writing a novella. Not to say I'm against such a piece, but it wasn't what I'd prepared myself for ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rakhi Dalal - Goodreads

Left me thinking more than ever.Still there is so much that is left unanswered.The book leaves you uneasy, contemplating and struggling to find the logic underneath the issues raised/addressed by the author.But can there be any sense to the working of human minds? Read full review


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Born in 1913 in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as L'Etranger (The Outsider, 1942) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942), which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the 1950s and 1960s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula (1944). Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus died in an automobile accident in 1960.

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