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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A Happy Death by Albert Camus ,. Is it possible to die a happy death? This is the central question of Camus's astonishing early novel, published posthumously and greeted as a major literary event.
It tells the story of a young Algerian, Mersault, who defies society's rules by committing a murder and escaping punishment, then experimenting with different ways of life and finally dying a happy man. In many Is it possible to die a happy death? In many ways A Happy Death is a fascinating first sketch for The Outsider , but it can also be seen as a candid self-portrait, drawing on Camus's memories of his youth, travels, and early relationships.
It is infused with lyrical descriptions of the sun-drenched Algiers of his childhood - the place where, eventually, Mersault is able to find peace and die 'without anger, without hatred, without regret'. Paperback , pages. Published February 28th by Penguin Classics first published Patrice Mersault , Roland Zagreus. National Book Award Finalist for Translation To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Happy Death , please sign up.
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Claudia Rocha Yes, it's the story of a man called Mersault and his thoughts on life, happiness and death. It's in French, but I'm sure there's an English …more Yes, it's the story of a man called Mersault and his thoughts on life, happiness and death. It's in French, but I'm sure there's an English translation less. See all 5 questions about A Happy Death….
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La mort heureuse was the first novel by French writer-philosopher Albert Camus. The existentialist topic of the book is the "will to happiness," the conscious creation of one's happiness, and the need of time and money to do so. It draws on memories of the author including his job at the maritime commission in Algiers, his suffering from tuberculosis, and his travels in Europe. View all 4 comments. What matters- all that matters, really- is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, ever present consciousness.
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A Happy Death by Albert Camus
It's rain and sun both, noon and midnight. I think of the lips I've kissed, and of the wretched child I was, and of the madness of life and the ambition that sometimes carries me away. I'm all those things at once. I'm sure there are times when you wouldn't even recognize me. Extreme in misery, excessive in happiness. I've got many Albert Camus books on my tbr and two actually bought and sitting there on my shelf and I'm adding this as well cause come summer I wanna I've got many Albert Camus books on my tbr and two actually bought and sitting there on my shelf and I'm adding this as well cause come summer I wanna go on a Camus binge read!!!!
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The First Man was a genuinely unfinished work-in-progress at his time of death; whereas this novel, his first novel-in-embryo, was reworked a number of times before he abandoned it in favour of The Stranger. And there are certainly similarities. And there are similar scenes and characters and tropes, mostly in Part One. Part Two differs in a number of ways, but thematically, parallels can be drawn with not-so-long bow strings.
The Discussion between Mersualt and the Doctor, Bernard, towards the end reminded me of the later The Plague , for that matter… Workshop of Camus' uncle in Algeria in Camus is in the front, center, in a black smock. But all this aside points perhaps mostly of interest to those who hold Camus in the high esteem that I do, and the edition I possess has some excellent notes prepared by Jean Sarocchi: It stands and dances and plays a rugged game round of golf.
There are also some tonal incongruities. But it is still delicious, and often simply lyrical to the point of some kind of divine atheistic hymn to the lack-of-God: At the strange peace that filled him as he watched the evening suddenly freshening upon the sea, the first star slowly hardening in the sky, he realized that after this great tumult and this fury, what was dark and wrong within him was gone now, yielding to the clear water, transparent now, of a soul restored to kindness, to resolution. Mersault is estranged by his rebellion against his human mediocrity, and he wants to occupy his happiness completely and authentically.
Love has been a central pursuit for happiness, as it is for many people, in fact it is all he has, this pursuit of women that he recognizes as both vain and predatory. Now he knew he was not made for such love, but for the innocent and terrible love of the dark god he would henceforth serve. And that is himself, completely, without the reflection of himself in others.
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So he chases exile, he chases a greater depth of relationship, he chases authentic friendship, he chases total solitude, and in the end, can only find it in death: Of that great ravaging energy which had borne him on, of that fugitive and generating poetry of life, nothing was left now but the transparent truth which is the opposite of poetry.
It is a perhaps a little more floral in its style to the style he would develop and become known for notes indicate he was playing with Proust… but it's beautiful and fantastic and happily happily tragic. From to , he briefly wrote for a similar paper, Soir-Republicain. He was rejected from the French army because of his tuberculosis.
In , Camus married Francine Faure, a pianist and mathematician. Francine gave birth to twins Catherine and Jean Camus on September 5th, Also in this year, Camus began to work for Paris-Soir magazine. However, he was in Paris to witness how the Wehrmacht took over. On December 15, , Camus witnessed the execution of Gabriel Peri, an event which Camus later said crystallized his revolt against the Germans. Afterwards he moved to Bordeaux alongside the rest of the staff of Paris-Soir.
In this year he finished his first books, The Myth Of Sisyphus. He returned briefly to Oran, Algeria in Literary career During the war Camus joined the French Resistance cell Combat, which published an underground newspaper of the same name. This group worked against the Nazis, and in it Camus assumed the moniker "Beauchard". Camus became the paper's editor in , and when the Allies liberated Paris Camus reported on the last of the fighting. He eventually resigned from Combat in , when it became a commercial paper. It was here that he became acquainted with Jean-Paul Sartre.
Camus also toured the United States to lecture about French existentialism. Although he leaned left politically, his strong criticisms of communist doctrine did not win him any friends in the communist parties and eventually also alienated Sartre. In his tuberculosis returned and he lived in seclusion for two years. In he published The Rebel , a philosophical analysis of rebellion and revolution which made clear his rejection of communism.
The book upset many of his colleagues and contemporaries in France and led to the final split with Sartre. The dour reception depressed him and he began instead to translate plays. Camus's most significant contribution to philosophy was his idea of the absurd, the result of our desire for clarity and meaning within a world and condition that offers neither, which he explained in The Plague. Some would argue that Camus is better described not as an existentialist a label he would have rejected but as an absurdist. In the s Camus devoted his efforts to human rights.
In he was one of the few leftists who criticized Soviet methods to crush a worker's strike in East Berlin. In he protested similar methods in Hungary. He maintained his pacifism and resistance to capital punishment everywhere in the world. One of his most significant contributions was an essay collaboration with Koestler, the writer, intellectual, and founder of the League Against Capital Punishment. When the Algerian War of Independence began in it presented a moral dilemma for Camus.