The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation

eBook - 2015
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"This response to Camus's The Stranger is at once a love story and a political manifesto about post-colonial Algeria, Islam, and the irrelevance of Arab lives. He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling's memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name--Musa--and describes the events that led to Musa's casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach. Harun is an old man tormented by frustration. In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die. The Stranger is of course central to Daoud's novel, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Mersault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice."--
Publisher: New York :, Other Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781590517529
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Cullen, John 1942-
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Jan 26, 2018

The idea for this book was brilliant - to retell the story of Camus' "The Outsider" from the Algerian perspective. One needs to reread "The Outsider" before embarking on "The Meursault Investigation", which mirrors and challenges Camus' novel. Meursault can be seen as a metaphor for colonialism - the lack of emotion and murder of a nameless "Arab" in pre-independence Algeria. Similarly, the narrator of Daoud's novel is alienated from his society, which has grown more and more fundamentalist (there is a fatwa on Daoud). An interesting read, although not entirely successful.

Oct 31, 2016

If you enjoy sitting next to a drunk and listening to an incoherent and rambling tale with bouts of rage and self pity, you just might enjoy this book. The speaker says to be patient and that he telling his story backwards. It's more like inside out and upside down. This book shares elements of "The Stranger" as well as background of the occupation of Algeria but it is not "a stunning work of literature in its own right" The Publisher's Weekly review tells the story much better than the author!

Feb 23, 2016

I don' t know what people are talking about. This book is not that 'famous' and calling it politically correct is just inane. So any work the addresses racism and imperialism is "politically correct"? What does that even mean? Anyway, Algerian writer Kamel Daoud re-imagines "The Stranger," but looks at it from the native point of view. His main character is the brother of the nameless Arab murdered by Meursault. He audaciously references one of the most famous opening lines of the 20th century: "Mama's still alive today." I recently taught "The Stranger" to high school seniors and I found it interesting to reconsider the novel from the Algerian perspective. And at 143 pages, it's hardly long enough to lag. Regardless, if you've read "The Stranger," I think you'll get something out of this.

Oct 18, 2015

I agree with Chapel Hill completely, after waiting almost 3 months to read this 'famous' novel I'm completely disapointed the Goncourt was rather awarded for the original theme of the book than the book itself

Sep 21, 2015

Daoud has devised an intriguing concept novel, a response from the other side of the cultural/imperial divide to "The Stranger," the seminal existentialist novel by Albert Camus. Unfortunately, the novel itself lags, with little plot development and repetitive thematic elements that amount in the end to a rather tedious read.

Sep 08, 2015

Ordinary prose, but a politically correct subject.

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