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“Thoroughly engrossing” —The New York Times

“[These stories] invite comparison with his best work” —The Nation

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage International ed edition (November 5, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067973385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679733850
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen G. Melvin on July 31, 1998
Format: Paperback
A riveting and utterly haunting book, this anthology of Camus's short stories is not only my favorite of all his works, but it is one of the best books I have ever read.
The underlying theme in each of his stories is exile, whether it be spiritual, physical, or mental. From the tale of the school teacher put in care of an Arab prisoner to the missionary who finds himself worshipping a cruel graven image, each tale pits man in a pivotal moment in time which defines his future. This is at the very heart of existentialism, a predominant literary vehicle of contemporary authors.
The tales are simple in style, yet vividly written and rich in detail. You'll find youself shocked by the tragic irony in each of the characters, and haunted by the stories for years to come.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a point of reference, I have read most of Camus's major works. The present collection is an interesting mixture of six short stories. The stories are more varied than his novels which tend to reflect his philosophy of the absurd. I thought the present stories were among his best works. The story The Guest is outstanding, two or three of the stories are excellent, and the others are good or are at least interesting.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960) was a French writer and philosopher. He is often associated with existentialism, but Camus rejected any ideological classification. Camus was a young recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature when he became the first African-born writer to receive the award in 1957. He died in a car crash only three years after receiving the award. He was a social activist and Communist, and fought with the French resistance in WWII. Later he rejected Communism. The present book was copyrighted in 1957.

The present novel contains six works:
- The Adulterous Woman
- The Renegade
- The Silent Men
- The Guest
- The Artist at Work, and
- The Growing Stone.

I had previously read The Guest in other collections of short stories. It is one of his best short works and it it is about an Arab prisoner who had murdered a family member and who is now transferred to a schoolmaster, Daru, at an isolated outpost in the desert of North Africa. Daru is supposed to deliver the prisoner to a jail the next day.

The Silent Men are a group of workers who have returned to work at a barrel factory after a strike, and who are not interested in talking to the boss who stopped the strike. The Artist at Work is about the rise and fall of a young painter.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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To understand the spiritual struggle demonstrated in "The Renegade" we must separate the narrator from the narration -- because the narrator is mad, driven so through torture dealt by the very natives he hoped to convert. This is important because the narrator wished to honor God. He believed the best way to witness was to endure suffering.
But he fails miserably; his torture is unbearable. Ultimately, the narrator concludes, "I had been misled, truth is square, heavy, thick, it does not admit distinctions, good is an idle dream, an intention constantly postponed and pursued with exhausting effort, a limit never reached, its reign is impossible" (59).
The moral of the narration seems to be that no excuse justifies the narrator's suffering. If God himself is unfair, the world makes no ultimate sense. And this cannot be because it violates the promise made in Genesis. Silence, symbolized by the narrator's severed tongue, seems an appropriate response to this God.
"The Renegade" suggest that we are not made in God's image, but rather that we are instead fashioned after Tantalus: the thing we most desire dances forever before our eyes, yet forever beyond our grasp.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Boehm on June 26, 2008
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Cozmans introduction and tranlation are no improvment over the Justin O' Brian translation in fact Cozman's translation can not touch O'Brians flow, elgance and art. Cozman's tranlation is a labor while Justin O' Brian is tranaltion is a pleasure to read and easly comprehended. If Camus French was a bad as Cozman's English translation then we would not be reading Camus today.

The introduction by the Turkish nobel prize winner is in same leauge as Cozmans translation. He is verbose and not elganant in any way. His novels reak of Camus and Camus should never reak.

The first tip off is that Camus dedication to Frances is deleted from this edition. This is sad when a publisher does not respect the orginal author enough to give a page to a dead nobel prize winner for a dedication. Camus gave us so much that he deserves this respect.

The O'Brian text has no introduction, no forward, just Camus translated well and the dedication to Frances. That is enough for me.

The EXILE and The KINGDOM is wonderful. The Silent Man, The Adultrous Woman and The Artist's Life three of the greatest stroies ever written. I read this book cover to cover twice in succesion. Most books of short stories only have one captivating short story and idea. This book of stories was orginally published with the Novel the Fall. The O'Brian editon of these two books are comnonly found used on Amazon and at your local library.
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