A Happy Death Paperback
by Albert Camus
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
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 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'.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 112 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/02/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141186580
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Review by bodachliath
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.