European Book Club · EUNIC

European Book Club · EUNIC

 Moderated by Isabelle David · in English


Wednesday, April 25 at 12:00 p.m.
Free admission
810 N. Dearborn St.

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For this book club, read The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud - "A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus's The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims." - The New Yorker

 

He was the brother of “the Arab” killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus’s classic novel. Seventy years after that event, Harun, who has lived since childhood in the shadow of his sibling’s memory, refuses to let him remain anonymous: he gives his brother a story and a name—Musa—and describes the events that led to Musa’s casual murder on a dazzlingly sunny beach.

In a bar in Oran, night after night, he ruminates on his solitude, on his broken heart, on his anger with men desperate for a god, and on his disarray when faced with a country that has so disappointed him. A stranger among his own people, he wants to be granted, finally, the right to die.

The Stranger is of course central to Daoud’s story, in which he both endorses and criticizes one of the most famous novels in the world. A worthy complement to its great predecessor, The Meursault Investigation is not only a profound meditation on Arab identity and the disastrous effects of colonialism in Algeria, but also a stunning work of literature in its own right, told in a unique and affecting voice.

Guests who would like to attend should read the book in advance and come prepared to participate in the discussion. 

The discussion in English will be moderated by Isabelle David.
 
EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture “EUNIC’s mission is to promote European values and to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU through collaboration between European cultural institutes. EUNIC’s aim is to expand the role of culture in Europe and to strengthen cultural dialogue, exchange and sustainable cooperation worldwide.”