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These six stories display Albert Camus at the height of his powers. From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives and tones, they depict people at decisive moments of revelation. A wife betrays her huband to give herself to the desert night. A renegade missionary is brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish. A carefree artist is caught between society's values and his own private yearning. Whether set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, these classic stories share a single theme: modern man, condemned by nature and circumstances to spiritual exile, ever seeks an inner kingdom in which to be reborn.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, Carol Cosman’s new translation recovers a literary treasure for our time.
“[The stories] invite comparison with Camus's best work.” —Nation
“Thoroughly engrossing” —The New York Times