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The Meursault Investigation: An Arab viewpoint

Hosted by the Consul of the Rio de Janeiro Book Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 08 Mar 15:30 - 17:00

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When we discussed Camus' The Stranger last month, which talks about the senseless murder of an Arab by a French colonialist, I felt a gnawing discomfort with the book, but couldn't quite place its source until I came across The Meursault Investigation by a well-known Algerian journalist, Kemal Daoud. It tells the same story from an Arab viewpoint, as opposed to the Colonialist one where the murdered person is not even giving a name.

Let's meet and compare the two versions of the same fictional story, both of which appear very real to the reader.

Daoud's book can be read on its own but it is a more compelling and rewarding read after having read The Stranger. The next meeting, which will be in Copacabana this time, is on March 8th, in part to give you time to read both books.

Goodreads summarizes it as below:

He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach.