What style and techniques are used by Camus in The Stranger and what are their effects on the reader?

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One of the most remarkable stylistic features of the philosophical novel The Stranger by Albert Camus ,at least in the original French, is Camus' continuous use of the past perfect and imperfect tense instead of the simple past. The past perfect tense, according to the linguist Emile Benveniste, is a tense that is linked to the speaker at the moment of speaking unlike the simple past which is traditionally used in narratives and that implies a distance between the speaker and his discourse. Camus' use of language then implies an immediacy that is also felt by the person reading him : as readers we are not as...

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