[UCP Books]: Looking for the Stranger

A brilliant biographical exploration of a world masterpiece by a National Book Award finalist


“Fascinating. . . . Engrossing.”
Library Journal, starred review

“The fascinating story behind Albert Camus’ coldblooded masterpiece. . . . A swiftly told, deeply researched literary investigation. . . . While she doesn’t offer any final interpretation, her detective work deepens the understanding of a work whose power resides as much in what it doesn’t say as what it does. A compelling companion to a novel that has stayed strange.”
Kirkus Reviews



Looking for The Stranger

Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

Alice Kaplan

Publication date: October 4, 2016 978-0-226-24167-8 / $26.00


“Kaplan provides fascinating tidbits of information and explains how this seemingly simple story became a prime example of French literature to be examined, dissected, and loved by readers, students, and teachers for generations.”
Publishers Weekly

“Thoroughly enjoyable, and filled with fascinating thoughts and insights. A wonderfully elegant investigative journey, leading us from the first spark to the afterlife of Camus’s novel.”
Sarah Bakewell, author of At the Existentialist Cafe


The Stranger has found its greatest friend.”
Patricia Hampl, author of I Could Tell You Stories



Alice Kaplan is the author of numerous books, including Dreaming in French, The Interpreter, French Lessons, and The Collaborator, the last of which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is available for interviews.


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