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).