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T read The Stranger in first year French class at university Since then I reread it numerous times as a hallmark to see where my mind was at It s a great book and this biography gives it the justice that it deserves I heartily recommend it to anyone who has has been moved by Meursault and how he comes to accept his fate Enjoy I finished this book today Or maybe yesterday I can t be sur. L after iberation that The Stranger began its meteoric rise "As France And The Rest "France and the rest the world began to move out of the shadow of war Kaplan shows Camus’s book with the help of an aggressive marketing campaign by knopf for their aggressive marketing campaign by Knopf for their publication of the first English translation became a critical and commercial success and Camus found himself one of the most famous writers in the world Suddenly his seemingly modest tale of alienation was being seen for what it really was a powerful parable of the absurd an existentialist masterpiece Few books inspire devotion and excitement the way The Stranger does And it couldn’t have a better biographer than Alice Kaplan whose books about twentieth century French culture and history have won her egions of fans No reader of Camus will want to miss this brilliant exploration. Of chapters about Kaplan s search FOR THE REAL ARAB IS the real unnamed Arab is cool Everybody Behaves Badly The True Story Behind Hemingway s Masterpiece by Lesley M M Blum Alice Kaplan s 2016 LOOKING FOR THE STRANGER ALBERT Looking for The Stranger Albert and the ife of a Literary Classic is a biography of the publication a novel that was a watershed event in modern iterature Along with millions of others I firs. Al courts The murder trials he attended Kaplan shows would be a major influence on the development and themes of The Stranger She follows Camus to France and making deft use of his diaries and Eros Unbound (Great Loves, letters re creates hisonely struggle with the novel in Montmartre where he finally hit upon the unforgettable first person voice that enabled him to break through and complete The Stranger Even then the book’s publication was far from certain France was straining under German occupation Camus’s closest mentor was unsure of the book’s merit and Camus himself was suffering from near fatal tuberculosis Yet the book did appear thanks in part to a resourceful publisher Gaston Gallimard who was undeterred by paper shortages and Nazi censorship The initial critical reception of The Stranger was mixed and it wasn’t unti.