Albert Camus

The Fall / Η πτώση


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A philosophical novel described by fellow existentialist Sartre as ‘perhaps the most beautiful and the least understood’ of his novels, Albert Camus’ The Fall is translated by Robin Buss in Penguin Modern Classics.
Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights in an Amsterdam bar, he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly model citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation pours forth. The Fall (1956) is a brilliant portrayal of a man who has glimpsed the hollowness of his existence. But beyond depicting one man’s disillusionment, Camus’s novel exposes the universal human condition and its absurdities – for our innocence that, once lost, can never be recaptured …
Albert Camus (1913-60) is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, all of which are published by Penguin. They include The Fall, The Outsider and The First Man. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Camus is remembered as one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of post-war France, but beyond that, his fame has been international.
If you enjoyed The Fall, you might like Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
‘An irresistibly brilliant examination of modern conscience’
The New York Times
‘Camus is the accused, his own prosecutor and advocate. The Fall might have been called “The Last Judgement” ‘
Olivier Todd

Ο Ζαν-Μπατίστ-Κλαμάνς είναι ένας “ήρωας της εποχής μας”: η εξυπνάδα του να στέκεται πάντα στη “σωστή” πλευρά της ζωής τον κάνει έναν άντρα ικανοποιημένο από τον εαυτό του, έναν άνθρωπο που χρησιμοποιεί την υποκρισία για να αρέσει στους άλλους. Μέχρι που μια νύχτα ακούει μια άγνωστή του γυναίκα να πέφτει στα νερά ενός ποταμού. Αυτός ο τόσο καλός, ο τόσο ελεήμων, ο τόσο συμφιλιωμένος με την “σωστή”, ανθρώπινη συμπεριφορά, δεν θα τη βοηθήσει και τότε όλα γύρω του θα καταρρεύσουν. Μετά τον “Ξένο” και την “Πανούκλα”, ο Καμύ με την “Πτώση” ολοκληρώνει την αριστουργηματική του τριλογία που τον έκανε διάσημο σ’ όλο τον κόσμο χαρίζοντάς του και ένα από τα πιο δίκαια βραβεία Νόμπελ στην ιστορία του θεσμού.

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