The Mersault Investigation (Kamel Daoud)

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By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781590517512
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

While primarily a postcolonial re-rendering of THE STRANGER, recounted by the brother of the anonymous "Arab” killed by Camus’ anti-hero, THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION is also an unnerving psychological thriller, an absurdist origin story of (post)revolutionary Algeria, and a virulent screed against the nationalism and religious fundamentalism that have overrun Daoud’s home country ever since. Filled with vitriol and humor, and at times delving into surreal and metafictional realms that appropriate entire passages from THE STRANGER nearly word-for-word, THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION--much like the book with which it converses--is a slender novel, whose size belies its multilayered and profound content.


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