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Thursday, May 6th, 2010
12:53 pm
[camusfan]
Voice Recordings
Hey, I was wondering how many different recordings Camus did, similar to L'étranger? I like to listen at the same time I read.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2007
3:51 pm
[kitsune_no_ame]
[Request] Movie "L'Etranger"
AFAIK there is an (italian?) film version of Albert Camus' "The Stranger"/"L'Etranger"
Does somebody have it? It's very old and probably never came out on DVD but I'd be very very, no extremely grateful if a nice person could convert it and rip it for me to DL. I need it for my university paper on this book.  
Thank you very much in advance!

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
2:54 am
[lystellion]
Afterword to The Outsider
I would be very grateful if someone with access to The Penguin Modern Classics translation of The Outsider could check if this quotation is correct:

Lying is not only saying what isn’t true. It is also, in fact especially, saying more than one feels. We all do it, everyday, to make life simpler

It is from the Afterword, written by Camus, and I think from memory it is right, though I might be wrong.

If anyone has access to any other versions of this quote, it would also be much appreciated!
Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
6:57 pm
[cachecache]
video
A mini-interview with Albert Camus during a soccer game.

Yet another reason why I ♥ the Internet.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
1:05 am
[cachecache]
bon anniversaire!
Happy 93rd birthday to Albert Camus!!!! :D

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Current Mood: geeky
Saturday, October 21st, 2006
12:54 am
[meganicingsugar]
House above the World
I remember reading, possibly in the book itself (which i've loaned out), notes on on happy death that compared camus' life with mersault's in the book. One of the things mentioned was the house above the world. The editor(?) said this was probably called the Fichu house, an actual place. Does anyone know more about this?? I've googled around with no luck so far. plus, this community neeeds more updates ;] thanks!
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
10:42 pm
[tooyoungtodie_]
Greetings!

I'm wondering if anyone knows any online sources where I can find the original French version of "The Stranger"? I know many books have been put onto the internet, but if anyone could help me out, I'd very much appreciate it. Thank you.
Monday, March 6th, 2006
6:57 pm
[jm_horse]
The Outsider
I'm a keen fan of literature, and I picked up a second-hand copy of The Stranger a little while ago. It's the only of Camus' works that I have read.

It left me underwhelmed. I understand the basic concept - that our narrator lacks empathy - and it is an interesting literary exercise. It bothered me, however, that it is implied that the narrator may/would have been acquitted for the murder of the arab if he followed the (often nonsensical) rules of society.

It struck me that our narrator committed a impulsive act - and was punished accordingly - because he couldn't control his anger. I don't see how/why the narrator's lack of empathy is of import.

I must be missing something. But what?
Sunday, November 27th, 2005
11:35 pm
[ladyoracle]
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I left on an airplane my notebook with the class notes and source notes I've taken for my final project in a graduate course called Existentialism in Fiction and Film. It is due this Wednesday,, Nov. 30, so in just 3 days, I have to finish it to the point of making a 15-min presentation about it. Camus's ideas are the focal point of this project's values.

This is a bit of the draft of my existentialism project. It is a creative one, because my prof. actually allows us to do those, though my original plan was to make more of a formal paper. If you have time, please read it and let me know what you think. There are two chracters--a guy and a girl--who always alternate back and forth in dialogue. I haven't written many (at all) visual cues such as movements or images because I am trying to decide if this should be a play or a short story.

I am structuring it around four questions:

"Can you both be art and create art?”

“What does it mean to live authentically?”

“Half-full, half-empty. Where’s the glass?”

“Why is it that we don’t have the right to disappear?”



“Why is it that we don’t have the right to disappear?”

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“Can you both be art and create art?”

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Monday, November 7th, 2005
10:16 am
[cachecache]
Bon Anniversaire!
Happy 92nd birthday, Albert!!!!!!!
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
4:51 pm
[rubberband45]
Hey, I'm a senoir in High School, and I need a quote to put in the yearbook. I'd really like a good Camus quote. Does anyone know of anything that Camus said that was clever and summed up absurdism pretty well?
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005
7:43 pm
[rouchambeau]
I just started reading The Stranger the other day. I got to chapter four and I'm really starting to love the book. The relationship between Mersault and Marie is really beautiful. I also love the part where Salamano loses his dog. Classic.

Anyway, Hi. I'm new to the community.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2005
9:51 pm
[strawcat]
Absurdism
I'm having difficulty determining what counts as a specific instance of absurdism in literature. When do we see it in Camus' works? How about in the works of other authors?
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
11:27 am
[revolutionart]
hey now
Hey everyone,Ive been somewhat of a follower of camus for a couple of years. This past year I did a brief analysis of some of his works for class, and finally got a chance to read all the notebooks, etc. I am relieved there are people who find it as facinating as I do, and I think its fantastic that theres finally a community to discuss the ideas and opinions around it.

Current Mood: content
Friday, July 15th, 2005
4:49 pm
[zitroneneis]
A Happy Death vs. The Stranger
I read A Happy Death after reading The Stranger, and many critics see The Stranger as a prelude to A Happy Death. However the inevitable death at the end of both novels does not come from the same source. Mersault actually wanted to die from his own realizations in A Happy Death, without too much help from society. However in The Stranger the innate “rule set” of society is what leads to his eventual death. The practice of using the death penalty against harsh crimes was accepted be society and as a result Mersault would have died whether or not he would have seen the light at the end of the novel. However in A Happy Death one could argue that Mersault died from old age or a life complete. Basically following the existential concept that the beginning of understanding life, or seeing the “light” is the wish to die. In The Stranger, this same theme is present however the situation is acutely different. Mersault basically let himself die in A Happy Death, while in The Stranger it was actually society- the guillotine- which lead to his ultimate death- even though it is obvious that he wanted to die.
So Camus basically wrote The Stranger but never actually finished the story. He had to bring the character of Mersault back to life in A Happy Death in order to show the reader his actual thought process of creating Mersault in The Stranger and why certain events happen. This actually brings me to the point of this post. In schools we read The Stranger, but only very few actually grasp the fine points of this absurd story, furthermore Camus is praised for The Stranger, but nobody ever talks about A Happy Death, which is probably the most important book to read if one really wants to fully understand The Stranger.
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
9:02 pm
[cachecache]
Here's Chapter 2 of the Camus recording of L'Étranger

L'Étranger: Premiere Partie, Chapitre 2 (8 mins, 41 sec)

You can see Chapter 1 in the last post. If there are enough requests (at least 4 or 5), I'll post some more.
Sunday, May 29th, 2005
8:19 pm
[cachecache]
Camus recording!
For anyone interested, here's the first chapter of L'Etranger (The Stranger) read by Albert Camus himself. It's in French, of course. He read the entire book in 1954 for the radio and the recording was put on CD and sold in 2002. There's also a recording of him reading his play Caligula.

L'Etranger the way Camus meant for it to be read.

Warning: It's very long. About 23 minutes.

L'Etranger: Premiere Partie, Chapitre 1
Thursday, May 19th, 2005
1:44 am
[coldocean]
Odd Questions
Hello everybody! In the past few months, I've read quite a few books about Camus, mostly literary criticism. Because I have to wait until after my finals to really dig into any true biography about him, I thought I'd ask all of you a few of my rather odd questions (the answers to which I couldn't find elsewhere online). If anybody could answer them, I would be very happy. :)

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Current Mood: curious
Friday, March 11th, 2005
11:11 pm
[lifeisoverrated]
. oh i forgot to mention how i finished the plague like, last week. it was good and worthwhile, and the more i think about it, the more i want to read it again.

. i think i'ma delve into the fall now. but, does anyone know any good writers like camus? cause that'd be cool. or, actually, just good writers in general? if it helps, my favorite writers are vonnegut, faulkner, camus, and emily bronte. haha- random. but, any suggestions would be great. especially books like knowle's... grah i forget the name, but it's one of my favorites!

. please help, thanks.

Current Mood: peaceful
Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
8:31 pm
[desolateangel83]
newbie
Hey guys! My name is Travis, and I've been a fan since earl '02. Like most people, "The Stranger" pretty much started it all for me. The thing I like the most about Camus is how he can illustrate his philosophy through story telling. That's probably the writer in me talking.

Anyway, has anyone one else noticed how eerily similar "The Plague" is to modern post-9/11 times?
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