He was the brother of "the Arab" killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus' 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.
"A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims." (The New Yorker)
"Fajer Al-Kaisi's performance of this fascinating and disturbing book is crisp and beautifully articulated.... This audio production makes a striking novel of ideas a rich and human experience." (AudioFile)
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'Publishing Sensation of the Summer'
If you are familiar with The Cure's song 'Killing An Arab', you will know that it is based on the incident in Albert Camus' 'The Outsider' in which the central character, Mersault, shoots and kills an Arab on an Algerian beach.This book, 'The Meursault Investigation', which has won several awards in France, takes the form of a first-person narration by the dead man's brother (who we find out was called Musa - he remains nameless in 'The Outsider'), putting across his version of events.This is a good idea, and well executed. I thoroughly recommend it - though it makes little sense unless you've already read 'The Outsider'.