The Stranger and The Meursault Investigation


Date: Weekly on Saturdays starting October 21 and ending November 4
Time: 10 a.m. Eastern to 12 p.m. Eastern
Cost: C$175 plus 13% HST (approx. US$135 plus 13% HST)

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Melanie Blake is the executive director of Classical Pursuits. She studied French language and literature at Fordham University and the Université de Montpellier, and has an MA in literary linguistics from the University of Nottingham. She was a francophone guide in San Francisco and has led Classical Pursuits trips in France, Belgium, Italy, Colombia and Mexico.


The Stranger, by Albert Camus, translated by Matthew Ward
(Vintage, 1989)
ISBN-13: 978-0679720201

The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud, translated by John Cullen
(Other Press, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1590517512

Please be sure to obtain these translations.

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“Maman died today.” The first line of Camus’s The Stranger and the novel’s famous antihero Meursault need little introduction. We’ll do a close reading, plumbing the depths that lie below the simple language and straightforward plot.

“Mama’s still alive today.” The narrative and language of Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation offer a rich counterpoint to Camus’s text. Told from the point of view of Harun, brother of “the Arab,” the unnamed man killed by Meursault, the novel explores the interior life of a man living in the shadow of the murder and the violence of the Algerian War. It’s as powerful as the novel that inspired it.

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