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- Albert Camus (Ethics (Ready Reference series))
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At a glance:
- Author: Albert Camus
- First Published: 1956
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Philosophical realism
- Subjects: 1950's, Memory, Philosophy or philosophers, Paris, Reality, Lawyers, Existentialism, Netherlands or Dutch people, Split personalities, Laughter
- Locales: Paris, France, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The narrative is set in the red-light district of Amsterdam and is delivered during the course of 5 days by a man who calls himself Jean-Baptiste Clamence. He addresses himself to a Parisian lawyer who has wandered into a bar called Mexico City. Clamence ingeniously draws his listener into complicity with his own life, which he proceeds to outline.
Before becoming the expatriate barfly that he seems today, Clamence was a supremely successful and self-confident defense attorney in Paris. However, his faith in himself and in the social rituals he was enacting was forever subverted...
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