An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria
In this stylistically simple, first-person tale of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." Through Meursault, Camus portrays a man who rejects the beliefs and life styles imposed on him by society. The events that lead to his execution only serve to reinforce his feelings of utter isolation. A classic existentialist work, the novel influenced many of Camus's contemporaries, including Roland Barthes, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Nathalie Sarraute.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Subgenre: Literary, Conflicts + Dualities, Philosophy, Action + Thrillers, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Types of Characters, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship