Kamel Daoud nominated for Goncourt and Renaudot

Congratulations to FPA author Kamel Daoud for his nomination to the long lists for the Goncourt and the Renaudot for Meursault and the Other Stranger (Meursault, contre-enquête, Actes Sud 2014), two of the highest honors for French authors.

In Camus’ most famous work, The Stranger, the narrator, Meursault, is the murderer of a nameless Arab, killed on the beach one scorching-hot day. In Daoud’s novel, cleverly conceived and executed, the narrator is Haroun, who fifty years earlier was the seven-year-old brother of Camus’ Arab. Dauod’s new perspective is not the only change: The Koran replaces the Bible; and an imam, the priest, an Arab, murders a Frenchman and is not put in prison; and Haroun falls in love with a woman who doesn’t believe in love. World English rights available. Click here to read a sample translation by Sandra Smith, translator of the most recent edition of The Stranger (Penguin UK, 2013).