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Book Information: Happy Death, a

Happy Death, a (1970) [Novel]
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In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man.

As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death -it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time.
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Original title: La Mort heureuse
Original languages: French

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Happy Death, a

Happy Death, a (1972)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Richard Howard
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Manifested in:

Happy Death, a (August 29, 1995)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0679764003
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.0 x 0.6
Pages: 208

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