The Outsider

By Albert Camus,

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A peerless work of philosophical fiction that is as shocking today as when it was first published, the Penguin Modern Classics edition of Albert Camus' The Outsider is translated by Joseph Laredo.

Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness.…

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I read voraciously as a kid and this is one of those early books that influenced me most.

Once I’d started writing fiction—late, in my thirtiesI focused on mavericks and oddballs. They don’t match our familiar categories. They’re exotic - richly different. They may have intriguing and startling inner lives. They have a deal to say about identity, sense of self, and motive. They also highlight convention, albeit in negative image. And they share a stance with writers themselves, who are often detached, peering in on life from the outside. 

It might have been many other writers, but…

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