Join the AA Reading group
Every two months we organise an evening in which we discuss a particular book. Books include non-fiction about current social and political matters as well as new and older literary texts. The sessions are open to everyone and free of charge.
In the next session we’ll discuss and compare two books again: The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Meursault investigation by Kamel Daoud. In Camus’s well-known story, an ordinary man, Meursault, senselessly kills an unnamed Arab. Het is tried and sentenced to death. In this work, Camus explored what he termed ‘the nakedness of man faced with the absurd’. Daoud’s ‘The Meursault Investigation’ is a post-colonialist response to ‘The Stranger’ which counters Camus’s version with elements from the perspective of the unnamed Arab victim’s brother (naming him and presenting him as a real person who was mourned) and other protagonists.
There will be no central presentation of the themes in the book. Instead, you’ll discuss your views, thoughts, favourite passages, points of critique and further suggestions informally in a small group.
The last 20 minutes of the evening are spent in deciding collectively which book we will read next. You’re welcome to join this discussion and to propose a book.
The discussion of ‘The Stranger’ / ‘The Meursault Investigation’ will take place on Wednesday 10th of June. Depending on the rules in relation to social distancing by that time, the reading session will either take place in Budapest on the WG-terrein (Pesthuislaan, paviljoen 2) or via Skype. If you want to participate, please send your skype name to: readinggroup(at)amsterdamalternative.nl
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