New PDF release: Albert Camus's the Stranger (Bloom's Modern Critical

By Harold Bloom

ISBN-10: 0791059286

ISBN-13: 9780791059289

Albert Camus's landmark existentialist novel lines the aftermath of a surprising crime and the guy whose destiny is sealed with one rash and foolhardy act. The Stranger provides readers with a brand new form of protagonist, a guy not able to go beyond the tedium and inherent absurdity of daily life in an international detached to the struggles and strivings of its human denizens. whole with an advent from grasp literary student Harold Bloom, this new version of full-length serious essays contains a chronology, bibliography, and index for simple reference.

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Billy Budd is anything but a “testament of acceptance,” as it has often been described since E. L. G. Watson’s article in 1933. Nor is it (as it has been labelled by an eloquent lecturer for a society working to abolish the institution) the only novel ever written in defense of capital punishment.

The only criterion is the truth of the sentiment expressed in terms of these images—of the human sentiment, obviously, and of the human nature which is the nature of all things! Mineralogy, botany, or zoology, on the contrary, pursue the knowledge of textures (internal and external alike), of their organization, of their functioning, and of their genesis. But, outside their domain, these disciplines too are no longer of any use, except for the abstract enrichment of our intelligence. The world around us turns back into a smooth surface, without signification, without soul, without values, on which we no longer have any purchase.

But the choice of an analogical vocabulary, however simple, already does something more than account for purely physical data, and what this more is can scarcely be ascribed only to the credit of belles-lettres. The height of the mountain assumes, willy-nilly, a moral value; the heat of the sun becomes the result of an intention. . In almost the whole of our contemporary literature, these anthropomorphic analogies are repeated too insistently, too coherently not to reveal an entire metaphysical system.

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