Getting to Know The Stranger
How did a young man in his twenties who had never written a novel turn out a masterpiece that still grips readers more than 70 years later? Translator and author Alice Kaplan will visit Washington College to speak about her book Looking for The Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic, in which she reveals the story of Camus’ impressive and unlikely achievement.
The talk will take place in the Hynson Lounge on the College campus at 4:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14. It is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a book sale and signing.
Kirkus Reviews calls Looking for The Stranger, “A swiftly told, deeply researched literary investigation. … While she doesn’t offer any final interpretation, her detective work deepens the understanding of a work whose power resides as much in what it doesn’t say as what it does. A compelling companion to a novel that has stayed strange.”
Kaplan is the John M. Musser Professor of French and chair of the Department of French at Yale University and the author of several books and translations and numerous academic articles. “The Collaborator,” was awarded the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award in History and was a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critic’s Circle awards.
The William James Forum, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Department of Modern Languages sponsored the talk in collaboration.