Exile and the Kingdom (Paperback)
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From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives, these six stories depict people at painful odds with the world around them. A wife can only surrender to a desert night by betraying her husband. An artist struggles to honor his own aspirations as well as society's expectations of him. A missionary brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish is left with but an echo of his identity. Whether set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, the stories in "Exile and the Kingdom" are probing portraits of spiritual exile, and man's perpetual search for an inner kingdom in which to be reborn. They display Camus at the height of his powers.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the book's publication, Carol Cosman's new translation recovers a literary treasure for our time.
Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
About the Author
Albert Camuswas born in Algeria in 1913. During World War II, he joined the Resistance movement in Paris, then became editor-in-chief of the newspaper Combat during the Liberation. A novelist, playwright, and essayist, he is most famous for his novels The Stranger and The Plague. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
“Thoroughly engrossing” —The New York Times“[These stories] invite comparison with his best work” —The Nation