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Thalia Book Club: Kamel Daoud The Meursault Investigation
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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This program was recorded 11/16/2015 at Symphony Space.

Kamel Daoud discusses his award-winning debut novel The Meursault Investigation, a thrilling re-imagining of Albert Camus's 1942 classic, The Stanger. Told from the perspective of the brother of the Arab killed by Camus's antihero Meursault, Daoud's novel offers a profound meditation on Arab identity and a gripping critique of postcolonial Algeria. In conversation with Adam Shatz (London Review of Books) and translator Isabelle Duquis. With a reading by Khris Lewin.

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Kamel Daoud is an Algerian writer and journalist. His debut novel, The Meursault Investigation, won the Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (the Goncourt Prize for a debut novel), the Prix François Mauriac, and the Prix Des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie. The original French text was adapted for stage monologue by Philippe Berling and premiered at the Festival Avignon in July 2015. In addition to The Meursault Investigation, other literary works include several collections of short stories published in French. Daoud’s column, Raina Raikoum (“My opinion, Your Opinion”), regularly appears in Le Quotidien d’Oran, one of Algeria’s most widely read French language newspapers.

Adam Shatz is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. He has worked at The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, Lingua Franca, and The New Yorker. He is the editor of Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing About Zionism and Israel, as well as book reviews in Lingua Franca. He has reported from Lebanon and Algeria for The New York Review of Books and has contributed numerous articles on politics, music and culture to The Nation, The New York Review of Books, the Village Voice, American Prospect, and The New York Times.

We would like to thank Isabelle Dupuis for serving as Kamel Daoud’s translator for this event.

We would also like to thank Khris Lewin 


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