The Stranger

The Stranger

By Albert Camus; Matthew Ward (Translator)

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679720201, 144pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 1989


Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

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.

Ward is a poet, critic, and translator. He was educated at Stanford, University College in Dublin (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), and Columbia. He taught several years at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, New York.

Praise For The Stranger

The Stranger is a strikingly modern text and Matthew Ward’s translation will enable readers to appreciate why Camus’s stoical anti-hero and ­devious narrator remains one of the key expressions of a postwar Western malaise, and one of the cleverest exponents of a literature of ambiguity.” –from the Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie