The Plague – Albert Camus

Reading Albert Camus is a rite of passage into adulthood in France. Or so I read. If life is a journey, then reading Camus is equivalent to embarking on the journey with a cartographic cartoon. A sketch of a smiley face. If the traveler is intrepid he will journey on nevertheless. If he is a settler he will settle. It is a simple and powerful... Continue Reading →

The Stranger – Third Party Life

"Mother died today. Or maybe, yesterday. I can't be sure" Opening sentences that capture the essence of a writing are rare. Camus' opening lines conveys so much meaning to the reader that in all truthfulness a meditation on that sentence would itself provide so much insight into The Stranger. The detachment, so apparent in the... Continue Reading →

The case of a runaway Russian nose

The Nose by Nicolai Gogol is a short work of absurdism and surrealism. A fantastic story about how a Russian official wakes up one morning to find that his Nose has assumed a position in the Russian bureaucracy higher than him. This puts him in a delicate position of requisitioning his nose back to restore his... Continue Reading →

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