By ALBERT CAMUS
Translated from the French
by Stuart Gilbert
A Division of Random House
are published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
and Random House, Inc.
Copyright 1942 by Librairie Gallimard as L’ÉTRANGER
Copyright 1946 by ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC. All rights reserved. No part of this book
may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher,
except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review to be printed in a
magazine or newspaper. Manufactured in the United States of America. Distributed in
Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto.
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About the Author 2
MOTHER died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home
says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY. Which leaves the
matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday.
The Home for Aged Persons is at Marengo, some fifty miles from Algiers. With the
two o’clock bus I should get there well before nightfall. Then I can spend the night
there, keeping the usual vigil beside the body, and be back here by tomorrow
evening. I have fixed up with my employer for two days’ leave; obviously, under the
circumstances, he couldn’t refuse. Still, I had an idea he looked annoyed, and I
said, without thinking: “Sorry, sir, but it’s not my fault, you know.”
Afterwards it struck me I needn’t have said that. I had no reason to excuse
myself; it was up to him to express his sympathy and so forth. Probably he will do
so the day after tomorrow, when he sees me in black. For the present, it’s almost as