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'Looking for The Stranger': Alice Kaplan examines the life of L’Étranger

It’s still a bestseller more than 70 years after its publication. Albert Camus’s "L’Étranger" is both a literary and philosophical reference in the French canon. Writer and Yale Professor Alice Kaplan has taken a microscope to the novel, in her study "Looking for the Stranger". Her book charts the trajectory of this extraordinary novel, from Camus's experiences in the courtrooms of Algiers to the Montmartre apartment where the author brought his protagonist, Meursault, to life.

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Kaplan tells us why British readers know the story as the "The Outsider" and in the US the book is known as "The Stranger".

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