The Outsider is a fiction novel written by Albert Camus, which tells the story of a man named Meursault, who refuses to be like everybody else and refuses to lie. This book is written from Meursault's point of view and is divided into two parts. At the centre of the story is a gruesome murder, which our protagonist gets dragged into. The following trial and the condemnation for being different, speaks about the fickle mind of the society and leaves the readers hooked onto the story.
The book begins with the death of Meursault's mother, at whose funeral, he refuses to shed tears, let alone see her dead body. After the funeral, he encounters some people from his past, and goes on to explain the lack of empathy in him. He tells the reader exactly what he feels about these people, whether he likes them, finds them annoying or feels nothing towards them at all. Some unfortunate turn of events then leads to Meursault shooting a man dead on a beach five times, following which he is incarcerated and brought to trial. At the trial, Meursault's lack of remorse and quiet behaviour encourages the prosecutor to accuse him of being a heartless monster, who would not even cry at his own mother's funeral. Does he get prosecuted for his crime? What does the universe have in store for Meursault, someone who can't be like everyone else?
Albert Camus, an Algerian-born French writer, is notably one of the most renowned thinkers of the post World War II period. His books such as The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom and A Happy Death have achieved an iconic status over time and have been translated in a number of languages. In 1957, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, making him the second youngest author to win the award. Almost two years later, he died in a car accident, and the world mourned over the early loss of one of the finest writers of the 20th century.
Comprising 128 pages, this re-issue edition of The Outsider has been published in English by Penguin UK. The ISBN 10 number of this book is 0241950058, and its ISBN 13 number is 9780241950050. Order it online today to read the sad, yet hope-filled story of Meursault.