The Meursault Investigation

The Meursault Investigation 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

  • Title: The Meursault Investigation
  • Author: Kamel Daoud John Cullen
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  • Page: 432
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  • 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 sunnyHe 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 In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die The Stranger is of course central to Daoud s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.

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      N en 1970 Mostaganem, Kamel Daoud est journaliste au Quotidien d Oran o il tient une chronique succ s Ra na ra koum Il est l auteur de plusieurs ouvrages dont le recueil de nouvelles La Pr face du n gre barzakh, 2008 r compens par le Prix Mohammed Dib et traduit en allemand ainsi qu en italien.__________________________The Algerian writer and journalist, Kamel Daoud is the winner of the edition 2014 of the Five Continents Prize This was the decision of the jury chaired by the Nobel Prize of literature, Jean Marie Gustave Cl zio on 26th September 2014 in Paris at the head office of the International Organization of the Francophonie The novel Meursault, The Counter Inquiry Barzakh Editions in 2013 by the Algerian author sends readers back to the post colonial realities.The novel Meursault, The Counter Inquiry by the writer, Kamel Daoud will unmistakably mark the African literature As The Stranger by Albert Camus that strongly inspired the author Prize winner of the Fran ois Mauriac Literature Prize 2014, the work just made its author win the famous of the Five Continents Prize According to the official site of the International Organization of the Francophonie OIF , the prize winner will be honored on 28th November during the 15th OIF Summit that will be held in Dakar Senegal.For the Nobel Prize of Literature Jean Marie Gustave Cl zio, Meursault, Meursault, TheCounter Inquiry is a novel that questions our historic blindness still topical and raises the question of justice and consideration of otherness once colonial terror calmed down.Born on 17th June 1970, Kamel Daoud was a journalist then an editor in chief for Quotidien d Oran newspaper Reputed for his freedom of writing, he is often obliged to share some of his opinions on social networks Facebook particularly On 14th November 2011, Kamel Daoud was nominated for the Wepler Fondation La Poste Prize that finally went to ric Laurrent Original text by Roger ADZAFO

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    • THE TRUE LITERARY EVENT OF THE YEAR (sorry Harper Lee)[T]he absurdity of my condition, which consisted in pushing a corpse to the top of a hill before it rolled down, endlessly.¹The curtain opening lines of Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, ‘Mama’s still alive today,’ reveal a stage set for a pastiche of reproach and rapprochement towards Albert Camus’ The Stranger² which opens with ‘Maman died today.’ The Stranger, in which Camus’ anti-hero is trie [...]


    • "Mama's still alive today."If you read this book, then I urge you to do so on the heels of reading, or re-reading, The Stranger. Otherwise, it would be like overhearing only the one side of a telephone conversation — you can then only guess at the meaning and significance of what you hear. The brilliance of this is how he simultaneously submerges and intertwines his story with Camus’, as if that fiction was a real-life documentary, and at the same time stands outside the narration, conversin [...]


    • The short review: Some good writing, but ultimately a letdown.The details: I got all excited when I read Musa, the snippet of Meursault that was excerpted in The New Yorker. Not only was it very well written, but I'd just reread The Stranger and this is a retelling of that story from the point of view of the brother of the man who was shot. I thought this book would be a lot like Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, which is a brilliant retelling of Jane Eyre from the madwoman's perspective. And the tw [...]


    • In the case of The Meursault Investigation, I found this sequel/response, of sorts, more satisfying and complete than the famed The Stranger. The premise of giving a name and identity to that unknown Arab killed on the beach is startlingly obvious and well done. The concepts of Arab identity and colonialism in Algeria are part of the fabric of this novel and become part of Musa's life and death, Musa being the now-named Arab, killed in Camus' book. I must give tribute to The Stranger here, for w [...]


    • This novel feels like less of an expository read and more of a monologue. Told in a tight, almost claustrophobic, first person, it is the story of Camus' The Stranger from the viewpoint of the murdered man’s younger brother. Here, the victim is no longer an anonymous “Arab,” but has a name, Musa, (Moses) and a family who mourned his loss. I would highly recommend that anyone planning to read The Meursault Investigation (re)read The Stranger first, since this is both a retelling and examina [...]


    • I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Harun, the first person protagonist, is blunt in his anger with the world, with himself and his mother, with Albert Camus and the admirers of The Stranger. I decided to be just as blunt in my response. I am sure he will appreciate a little bit of honestyE HATE CONNECTION Robert, another reviewer of the book stated in a comment,l in all more successful as a political statement or literary riposte than a novel. That is how I experienced this book.Da [...]


    • Un caso d'insolazione"Un grande romanzo che riscrive 'Lo straniero' di Camus dal punto di vista delle vittime arabe" (The New Yorker).Interessante esordio di uno scrittore arabo di lingua francese, recente vincitore del Premio Goncourt-opera prima.Io narrante è il fratello dell'arabo ucciso da Meurssault nell'opera "Lo straniero" di Camus, che lui chiama, forse con una sfumatura polemica, "Il libro di Albert Meursault".Già l'icipit si pone, con puntuta ironia in contrapposizione al romanzo "Lo [...]


    • Hmmm. First thing to note is that to understand this book, you need to have Camus' L'Etranger in your recent memory. I started this book before rereading L'Etranger and although I liked it, I quickly realized that I needed to follow my advice above. So I did and fell in love with L'Etranger. Unfortunately, when I came back to Meursault, although I understood it better, I liked it less. I found the premise interesting (the unnamed "Arabe" in Camus' book, is given a name and a story here), I found [...]


    • As my childbearing years drew to a close, I had a recurrent dream. In it, I'd give birth to a tiny little baby only a few inches long that I could not remember to feed, or else I would forget it and remember later with a jolt of anxiety, or I would just lose it.In The Meursault Investigation, the author builds on the Algerian conceit that The Stranger was not fiction at all, but rather a true story of a murder, a story written by the murderer, Meursault. Yes, as we have discussed before, people [...]


    • Sadly I found this rather disappointing. It felt kind of all over the place and sooo repetitive. Daoud's writing is very elegant, but I couldn't seem to get to the crux of the story. So in the end it just felt like a monologue of the main character's mourning(and whining) and unfortunately, it just never quite achieved lift-off in that sense.Find more reviews and bookish fun at princessandpen



    • It’s not an easy feat to take a classic novel – Albert Camus’s The Outsider, the ultimate tale of alienation – and turn it on its ear, telling it from the perspective of the brother of the nameless Arab. But Kamel Daoud does so masterfully, bellying the fact that this is his debut novel. And even though I haven’t read The Outsider since college days, the images came flooding back to me, from the very first sentence (“Mama’s still alive today”, as opposed to The Outsider’s “Ma [...]


    • Pride & Prejudice from the point of view of the servants? Blah. I'd rather read non-fiction on the subject, and anyway Austen and C19th history aren't my favourites. Classical mythology retellings narrated by the wives? Been sick of the very idea since at least 2000. And they all seem to be saying the same sodding thing. As with certain books on walking, imagining my own version during the course of an activity - even if I couldn't write it down as well as Robert Macfarlane - was at times mo [...]


    • Love is a heavenly beast that scares hell out of me. I watch it devour people, two by two; it fascinates people with the lure of eternity, shuts them up in a sort of cocoon, lifts them up to heaven, and drops their carcasses back to earth like peels. Why? Why? Why ?Why this thing has been written? Why he used Albert Camus' brilliant novel 'The Stranger' as a crutch.I didn't like it in fact it was one of the most irritating books I ever read. Musa, the Arab (who was killed in 'The Stranger') died [...]


    • “Actually, however, life begins less by reaching upward, than by turning upon itself. But what a marvelously insidious, subtle image of life a coiling vital principle would be! And how many dreams the leftward oriented shell, or one that did not conform to the rotation of its species, would inspire!” ― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of SpaceReading Kamel Daoud's retelling, The Meursault Investigation, translated from the French, of Harun's memory of his brother's death, by el-roumi, the for [...]


    • Last week, I read Camus' The Stranger with my son. We also read about it, and learned a bit about Camus, his background, and his philosophy. (I learned some, anyway. I'm hoping my son did, too.)This week, I started reading a short story in the New Yorker, realized I didn't recognize the author's name, and flipped back to take a look at the about-the-contributors page."Kamel Daoud is an Algerian journalist."Oh. Cool. And what a coincidence that I just read a novel set in Algeria."His first novel, [...]


    • Night after night, a drunk old man in an Oran cafe rambles on to a visitor about his life haunted by the ghost of his murdered brother. Harun's brother was shot on the beach by a roumi, a Frenchman, in 1942 when Harun was seven years old. His brother's body was never found. Twenty years after his brother's death, Harun and his mother learned that his brother's death became the subject of a world-famous novel, a novel in which the murderer, Meursault, and his disaffected manner took center stage [...]


    • Dit boek speelt zich af in een parallel universum van het verhaal van de moord op de anonieme Arabier door Meursault in 'De Vreemdeling' van Camus. In tegenstelling tot de nihilistische toon van Camus schrijft Daoud in een sobere, maar toch meeslepende stijl over wat de verteller, de jongere broer van de vermoordde Arabier, genaamd Haroen, in de loop van zijn leven op moeizame wijze te weten is gekomen over de moord op zijn veel oudere broer. Dat is bedroevend weinig, de vermoordde broer blijft [...]


    • کتاب "مُرسو- ضد تحقیق" که مترجم اسمش رو به "چه کسی مُرسو را کشت؟"، موضوع بسیار جالبی داره. به شخصه وقتی از موضوع کتاب آگاه شدم، تا زمانی که کتاب رو نخریده بودم، چیزی که می تونم اسمش رو "بیتابیِ کتابخوانانه" بذارم، در من وجود داشت. این بیتابی ابتدا من رو به پیدا کردن ترجمه انگلیسی ک [...]


    • One of the key components to philosophy is the ability to argue your point, this is done in many different ways and Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger does exactly that. Kamel Daoud took the same approach for his counterargument, with his novel The Meursault Investigation. This novel seemed to have taken the world by storm, winning the Goncourt du Premier Roman, the Prix des Cinq Continents, the Prix François Mauriac and shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt. It follows Harum seventy years after hi [...]


    • The Meursault Investigation is an interesting response to Camus' The Stranger. It begins with the words "Maman is still alive today," in contrast to Camus' famous opening, "Maman died today." Meursault interrogates the colonial fantasy in which the French occupier possesses more of an identity than the man he murders. Harun, the narrator, is the brother of the murdered man, Musa. His life has been lived in the shadow of his brother's death, his mother has lived in the memory of her older son's l [...]


    • "Here is where everything happenedCe que je voudrais raconter Reste en pays étranger Here is where everything happened Sur mon dos marqué d'une croix Pose ta main, souviens-toi Here is where everything happened À force-force de lutter Je ne suis que géométries"Christine and the Queens. "Here"---The book has been amply reviewed. Just a few of my thoughts. This is a book well worth reading but only after having read "L'étranger". But don't confuse this as a sequel. It's a contre-enquête. "M [...]


    • THE MEURASAULT INVESTIGATION by Kamel Daoud reminded me of the works of Albert Camus, not because the novel is a response to the murder of the nameless Arab in Camus’ THE STRANGER, or even that the brother of the murdered sibling narrates the book in the monologue structure taken from a later Camus novel, THE FALL, but in its sensual and humanistic prose, which is reminiscent of Camus’ writings about his native Algiers. But the book is about Camus’ first and most famous novel, taking the m [...]


    • این رمان داستان بیگانه‌ی کامو رو از زاویه‌ی دید مقتول و خانواده‌ش تعریف می‌کنه حقیقتاً فکر می‌کردم رمان بهتری باشه اما در واقع داستانی بود که نویسنده توی هفتاد درصدش یه حرف رو تکرار می‌کرد. داستان تقریباً دیالوگ نداره و ریتمش کنده خود داستان هم برام جذابیتی نداشت . از اواس [...]


    • _نزد ما ایمان منجر به تنبلی های صمیمانه ای می شود که بی قیدی ای تماشایی را هر جمعه به راه می اندازد، انگار انسان ها کاملاً ژولیده و نامرتب به سوی خدا می روند._بیداری همسایه ها، قدم های بی حال و حرکت های کُند، از خواب بلند شدن توله هایشان-که قبل از آن چشم باز کرده‌اند - و مثل کرم ها [...]


    • After struggling to the half way mark I looked for solace in the reviews and I found it! I think I'll make it to the end. The key, I learned, is not to worry too much about the narrative structure or to put it more simply: truth. Now that I think about it, why would I even try to look for truth in a fictional meta-narrative on another piece of fiction? I think it's partly because the blurbs falsely sell this as "The Stranger" from the point of view of the victim. And because "The Stranger" itse [...]


    • Très bien fait ! Si tu es interessé par l`étranger de Camus, donc tu dois lire ce roman, qui, donnant à l`Arabe son nom, est très interessant.


    • The murderer got famous, and his story's too well written for me to get any ideas about imitating him. He wrote in his own language. Therefore I'm going to do what was done in this country after Independence: I'm going to take the stones from the old houses the colonists left behind, remove them one by one, and build my own house, my own language.The Meursault Investigation is a modern response to Albert Camus' classic of Absurdism, The Stranger. In the original, a French Algerian (like Camus hi [...]


    • The empire writes back. Flera miljoner sålda exemplar, Goncourt och andra litterära priser. Dramatiserad i Avignon as we speak och eventuell filmversion framöver. Saker har hänt sedan jag plockade upp den här blygsamt placerade romanen på La Page i South Ken, för att Meursault är en litterär bekantskap från förr. Förstasidan från L'étranger är inristad under min frankofila hud. En favoritroman.Ekot av Camus är mycket stort hos Daoud och det är avsikten. Postkolonial ansats i det [...]


    • The French title is "Meursault: The Counter-Investigation". Not sure why the English title omits the "counter"--since it defines the stance of this novel, which counters the racism of Camus and Islamic fundamentalism at the same time. It's a brilliant idea for a novel: Who was the nameless Arab that Meursault murders in "The Stranger", and what were the effects of his death on his family? Unfortunately, the execution of the concept seems to me flat. Perhaps this is a deliberate choice of tone an [...]


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