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Daoud, Kamel, The Meursault Investigation

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani
…[a] stunning debut…There are two central premises in this book: first, that the alienated Meursault is the author of the book we know as The Stranger…second, that the book we hold in our hands is a revisiting of the events in The Stranger—depicted from the perspective of the brother of the man shot and killed by Meursault…This is not just a clever, playful conceit. As executed by the gifted Mr. Daoud…it provides the architecture for an intricately layered tale that not only makes us reassess Camus's novel but also nudges us into a contemplation of Algeria's history and current religious politics; colonialism and postcolonialism; and the ways in which language and perspective can radically alter a seemingly simple story and the social and philosophical shadows it casts backward and forward.

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