A Happy Death, Paperback

A Happy Death Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

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Is it possible to die a happy death? This is the central question of Camus' 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 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' 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'.




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In this early novella, which was only published posthumously, Camus writes of his youth in Algeria, and reflects on the nature of happiness. A strange tale of a murderer who escapes punishment and seeks happiness even in an early death.

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