The Stranger

The Stranger was Camus’ first novel and thrust him onto the scene as one of France’s leading men of letters. Camus was influenced by Hemingway’s abrupt literary style to present a protagonist who acts purely in the present tense without concern for societal pressures of what one ought to do. In The Stranger, Camus explores what he will later come to define in The Myth of Sisyphus as the “absurd man”–one who is so in love with life that he rebels against the waiting jaws of death.