A Happy Death

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A Happy Death In his first novel A Happy Death written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger focus

  • Title: A Happy Death
  • Author: Albert Camus Richard Howard
  • ISBN: 9780679764007
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction For if A Happy DeathIn his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man.As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim s house and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time.Translated from the French by Richard Howard

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    1. peiman-mir5 rezakhani on said:

      ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، اگر کسی از من بپرسد که نظرت در موردِ زنده یاد <آلبر کامو> چیست؟ در پاسخ به او میگویم: به سخنِ هیچ بیخردی که همچون طوطی نوشته های اینترنتی را حفظ کرده است و سخنانِ این و آن را تکرار میکند توجه نکن و این کتاب را بخوان اگر کسی از من بپرسد که بهترین کتاب برای آمو [...]

    2. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      La Mort Heureuse = A happy death, Albert CamusA Happy Death (original title: La mort heureuse) was the first novel by French writer-philosopher Albert Camus. The existentialist topic of the book is the "will to happiness," the conscious creation of one's happiness, and the need of time (and money) to do so. It draws on memories of the author including his job at the maritime commission in Algiers, his suffering from tuberculosis, and his travels in Europe.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بی [...]

    3. Sawsan on said:

      " مهمة الانسان الوحيدة تكمن في أن يعيش وأن يكون سعيدا"السعادة هي الرغبة الوحيدة التي يسعى إليها بطل رواية البير كاموالانتقال من حال إلى حال للإحساس بالسعادة في المال والسفر والحب وفي النهاية يبتسم ويكتفي بالموت السعيد

    4. Parthiban Sekar on said:

      “You make the mistake of thinking you have to choose, that you have to do what you want, that there are conditions for happiness. What matters- all that matters, really- is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, ever present consciousness. The rest- women, art, success- is nothing but excuses. A canvas waiting for our embroideries.”

    5. jo on said:

      Το βιβλίο ξεκινάει με τον Μερσώ τον ήρωα μας που προχωράει προς την βίλα του Ζαγραίου, του ανάπηρου πλούσιου φίλου του, τον όποιο και τον σκοτώνει ώστε να του κλέψει τα χρήματα του. Όλα αυτά τα βλέπεις στην αρχή του βιβλίου, ο Καμύ χρησιμοποιεί ακόμα έναν φόνο για να ξεδιπλώσ [...]

    6. Jeremy on said:

      ‘No, because I’m constantly in revolt. That’s what’s wrong.’At either end of Camus' writing life, we have two fractured novels. The First Man was a genuinely unfinished work-in-progress at his time of death; whereas this novel, his first novel-in-embryo, was reworked a number of times before he abandoned it in favour of The Stranger. And there are certainly similarities. Roger Quilliot has suggested that ‘Meursault (protagonist of The Stranger) is the younger brother of Mersault (pro [...]

    7. Araz Goran on said:

      " وإنني أعتقد - وليسامحني الله - أنني سعيد!! "هذا الإقتباس لـ نيكوس كازانتزاكيس ربما يفسر كل شيء عن الرواية" باتريس مرسو " إنسان ضائع آخر يبحث عن السعادة وهذا كل شيء

    8. James on said:

      this is the Richard Howard translation, hardcover. I rescued it from a dumpster last summer. There is a napkin inside between pages 114 & 115 with scribbling most likely intended for a journal. There is no name. It's dated 7/20/72. Here is what it says:May not go to California afterall,going due N.E. through New Englandas planned and still on schedule.Drifted through winchester tosee Emily, and did, from adistance in a bar.May be back in 2 wk. buthard to say. like to get to Mexico in Dec.Saw [...]

    9. Farzane on said:

      من هرچی بیشتر از کامو میخونم بیشتر به این نتیجه میرسم که فقط بیگانه رو خوب نوشته بود . این کتاب یه جورایی کپی ضعیفی از جنایت و مکافات داستایفسکی بود با این تفاوت که قهرمان اینجا که پسری فقیرر بود پول رو مسبب خوشبختی میدونست و بهمین دلیل با اجازه خود شخص سوم پولدار ، آدم کشته بود [...]

    10. MohammedAli on said:

      سأحاول إعادة قراءة هذه الرواية بلغتها الأصلية لأن الترجمة على ما اعتقد لم تكن جيدة .

    11. Chris_P on said:

      "Όπως πρέπει να ξέρεις να σταματάς στην τέχνη, όπως έρχεται πάντα μια στιγμή που δεν πρέπει πλέον να αγγίξεις ένα γλυπτό, και όπως απ'αυτή την άποψη μια επιβολή έλλειψης νοημοσύνης βοηθάει πάντα τον καλλιτέχνη πολύ περισσότερο από τα πιο περίτεχνα αποθέματα οξυδέρκειας, έτ [...]

    12. Tahani on said:

      ؛؛يُولد الإنسان مزوّدًا بالعتاد الذي يعينه على بلوغ ما يسميه "السعادة". ما هي السعادة؟ وما الذي يجعله سعيدًا؟ وكيف السبيل إليها؟، كل تلك التساؤلات تظل لصيقة به، يكررها مرارًا، ويُعيد صياغتها في كل مرة رغبة منه في أن تتفق مع ما قد يلمسه من سرورٍ وراحة يشعر بها ليطلق على ذلك كله [...]

    13. Ammara Abid on said:

      "Nothing is more uglier or more degrading than sickness".I have mixed feelings regarding this book. I like it but didn't adored it, something is missing. Few pages left me in ambiguity and there's a lot of repetition about his women talk & life. Though an interesting read, not brilliant like his other works but still a decent book. (I know the reason after reading the articles about it)Camus didn't publish it in his life, his widow do that, after 10 years of his death, there must be some rea [...]

    14. Sahar Khoshghadam on said:

      کامو مرگ خوش رو قبل از بیگانه نوشته و اگر بیگانه رو قبل از این کتاب خونده باشی پیشرفت نویسنده در نوشتار و شخصیت پردازی و حتی کمی تغییر دید در زندگی کاملا مشهوده.مرگ خوش اون شوریدگی و عصیان و برآشفتگی بیگانه رو نداره وشخصیت اصلی بیشتر حس استیصال رو القا می کنه.البته دلیلی نداره [...]

    15. Mahdiis on said:

      با اینکه مورسو قتل انجام داده.ولی چرا دوست داشتم به اون خوشبختی که دلش میخواست و آرزو داشت برسه؟!!!!؟؟؟شاید من مشکل دارم:/از گروه دوستها و آفتاب گرفتن هاشون با همدیگه خوشم اومدهمه با هم دوست هستن و جنسیت تفاوت نداره و کسی قرار نیست مخ اون یکی رو بزنه! این خیلی خوب بود و آموزنده

    16. João Fernandes on said:

      "Le destin n'est pas dans l'homme mais autour de l'homme."

    17. umberto on said:

      3.5 starsFrom his unique, powerful narration, I found reading Albert Camus’s “A Happy Death” fascinatingly pleasurable since he, as one of the great world-class authors, has famously written his fiction like the flowing tide as we can see that it in some pages rarely ends, for instance, in pages 4, 6, 9, etc. So some readers might find such pages boring for such seemingly never-ending prose. However, his uncommon writing style is like magic worth reading and studying because we can be lite [...]

    18. Beatrice Santos on said:

      We all know the proverb: "Money doesn't bring happiness".I always thought that was bullshit. The proofs were lying on the corner spots of my city, waiting for some kind of warm food and warm shelter. Money itself doesn't make people happy, but the power it gives them, does. The security does. The lack of worrying does. The endless opportunities and all the doors it opens, does.This book takes an interesting element into my opinion. It adds time."I like to be conscious. And what I've noticed is t [...]

    19. ♍ on said:

      "چیزهایی مثل رنج بزرگ،اندوه بزرگ،خاطره ی بزرگ معنا ندارههمه چیز فراموش میشه،حتا عشق بزرگ.اونچه درباره ی زندگی غم انگیز وحیرت آوره فقط همینه.فقط یه راه برای دیدن چیزها وجود داره،راهی که هر از گاهی به سراغت می آد.برای همین گذشته از هر چیز باید عشقی در دل و هوسی ناخوشایند داشته ب [...]

    20. Yann on said:

      La mort heureuse est le premier roman d'Albert Camus. Il n'est paru qu'après sa mort. Je ne vois pas l’intérêt de résumer l'histoire. Le sujet est atrocement sombre et déprimant, le héros est antipathique au possible, mais l'écriture est un véritable régal, et le roman m'a happé.

    21. Henry Martin on said:

      Camus' A Happy Death is presented as "May be read as a preamble to The Stranger" (The Stranger, being one of my favorite books). So, where shall I begin? There are, undoubtedly, very strong similarities between A Happy Death and The Stranger. As a reader, I could view A Happy Death as a hint of what The Stranger would be. After all, both books feature a protagonist named Mersault, both books deal with death, and both books deal with a character who is, in a way, unaffected by the world that surr [...]

    22. Ezgi on said:

      Kitabın ön açıklamasında da uzun uzun anlatıldığı gibi olay kurgusu olukça kopuk. Camus, bu kitabı yazarken Yabancı'nın yazımına odaklanmış ve bu kitabı bastırmamış. Ön söz, neredeyse kitabın taslağına kadar yazarın kafasındakileri açıklamış. Fakat sonuçta yazar kendi planını ya uygulamamış ya da detayları es geçerek taslağını öylece bırakmış.Kitapta neler olup bittiği ancak ön söz okunursa biraz daha anlamlı oluyor. Zaten kurgu yoğunluklu bir k [...]

    23. Mohamad Yoosofi on said:

      شخصیت‌های داستان‌های کامو اغلب با گونه‌ای بی‌عاطفگی شدید و باورنکردنی دست‌به‌گریبان‌اند. مورسو، شخصیت اصلی این داستان، مثل آب‌خوردن آدم می‌کشد و ابداً گزندی به زندگی‌اش وارد نمی‌شود. کسی را به‌ظاهر دوست دارد و حتی از ارتباط‌های عاشقانه‌ی قبلی‌اش دل‌آزرده می‌شود؛ [...]

    24. Leila on said:

      کتاب جمع و جور و خوبی بود و پر از جملات جالب،ولی کمی پراکندگی داشت که نمیشه گفت تقصیر ترجمه هست یا حذف بخشی از کتاب.موضوع جالبی داشت و چالش خوبی رو ایجاد میکرد، تعریف اِلمان های خوشبختی تو دو انسان مختلف مورسو و زاگر،که مورسو شخصیت اصلی داستان اول درگیر این موضوع شده بود که خوش [...]

    25. Darryl on said:

      A Happy Death was Camus's first attempt at writing a novel, which he worked on from 1936-1938 when he was in his early to mid twenties. He (wisely) chose not to submit it for publication, but after his death in 1960, his widow (unwisely) decided to allow the unfinished manuscripts to be corrected and compiled into a book, which was published in 1971.This book is based in part on Camus's early experiences, including his childhood in a blue collar neighborhood in Algiers, his early troubled marria [...]

    26. Ali Feghhi on said:

      "خوشبختی یعنی این واقعیت که او وجود داشت."کتابی که من خوندم ترجمه ی دکتر کبیری بود. بنظر میرسید بعضی جملات تحت اللفظی معنی شده بودند. انسجام کمی بین جملات دیده میشد که بنظرم برای ایجاد معنی تلاش نشده بود. با این نظر کامو موافقم که مطلق گرایی رمانتیک رو رد میکنه و این موضوع، تو ای [...]

    27. Mena Shawky on said:

      "مقدمة عن روايتي "الغريب" و "الموت السعيدعمل ألبير كامو على رواية الموت السعيد عام 36-1938 ثم تركها ليشتغل بعد ذلك على رواياته الاكثر أهمية كـ (الغريب) ومسرحيات كـ (كاليجولا) وغيرها، ولم ُينهي كامو (الموت السعيد) ولم ينشرها، ليقوم بنشر الغريب عام 1942. قدم ألبير كامو أعمال أخرى ونال ن [...]

    28. Dina on said:

      Impressive. Stunning. Shocking. Original. Daring. Striking. Deep. Interesting. Exciting. Podsjetnik da je apsolutna sloboda jedini ideal vrijedan zivljenja ali bez ljubavi i davanje sebe svijetu je drugo lice ropstva. Patnja je neizbježna i neprolazna.Bilješke:- Briga za slobodu i nezavisnost shvatljiva je jedino kod bica koje se jos nada.- Shvatio sam da delati, i voleti i patiti zaista znaci ziveti.- 'Velika patnja ceka one koji vas vole' () 'Ljubav koju osecaju prema meni me ne obavezuje ni [...]

    29. Aaron on said:

      This book was written by Albert Camus, who also wrote The Stranger. Actually, A Happy Death is considered a predecessor to The Stranger, and is supposedly very similar in many ways. That being the case, I have no desire to ever read The Stranger.Halfway through this book, I seriously considered not finishing it. When I had finished it, I regretted not acting on that impulse.What didn't I like? 1- The protagonist is a detached man without morals who murders a crippled man and takes his fortune. 2 [...]

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