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By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 0791059286

ISBN-13: 9780791059289

Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel lines the aftermath of a stunning crime and the fellow whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger provides readers with a brand new type of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily lifestyles in a global detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. entire with an advent from grasp literary student Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length serious essays encompasses a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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His crime and his revelation are as one. He destroyed and is destroyed. For this destruction there is no explanation, excuse, or compensation. The anguished hours of self-torture in his prison cell are over; he no longer calculates endlessly how he may escape. Defiant and lucid, he will go to his death happy: “As if my great outburst of anger had purged me of evil, emptied now of all hope, face to face with a night heavy with signs and stars, I abandoned myself to the tender indifference of the world.

This is, in fact, one of the surest resources of its functioning. There is no question of seeking to justify myself at any price; I am merely trying to see the matter more clearly. The critical positions cited above help me do so in a notable way. What I am undertaking today is less to refute their arguments than to define their scope, and to define at the same time what separates me from such points of view. It is always futile to engage in polemics; but if a true dialogue is possible, one must on the contrary seize the opportunity to engage in it.

As though bewitched, I call again . . and again. My solitude, aggravated, is ultimately transmuted into a superior necessity for my alienated consciousness, a promise of my redemption. And I am obliged, if this redemption is to be fulfilled, to persist until my death, crying out for nothing. According to the habitual process, my solitude is then no longer an accidental, momentary datum of my existence. It becomes part of me, of the entire world, of all men: it is our nature, once again. It is a solitude forever.

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