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#DailyBookQuote 20Dec13 : Albert Camus’ The Fall

 #DailyBookQuote : 20th December 2013

Albert Camus

–          Albert Camus (November 07, 1913 – January 04, 1960)

–          Albert Camus’ The Fall

Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He is often cited as a proponent of existentialism (the philosophy that he was associated with during his own lifetime), but Camus himself rejected this particular label. Specifically, his views contributed to the rise of the more current philosophy known as absurdism. The Fall is a philosophical novel, his last published work of fiction (1956). Set in Amsterdam, it consists of a series of dramatic monologues by the self-proclaimed judge-penitent –  Jean-Baptiste Clamence, as he reflects upon his life to a stranger. In what amounts to a confession, Clamence tells of his success as a wealthy Parisian defense lawyer who was highly respected by his colleagues; his crisis, and his ultimate ‘fall from grace’, was meant to invoke, in secular terms, The Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. The Fall explores themes of innocence, imprisonment, non-existence, and truth. Camus’ style of narration is that of second-person monologue (like Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky), the main characters talk to the readers directly. However, Camus’ narrative was written in the first-person present tense, thus assuming that the reader will join the main character, Clamence, in the novel’s imagined sphere of discourse. In a eulogy to Albert Camus, existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described the novel as perhaps the most beautiful and the least understood of Camus’ books.


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