HF Young Bookclub

HF Young Bookclub

28-5, 2 pm, location: Splendor Amsterdam

In the run-up to the Holland Festival, HF Young is organizing a number of events, such as discussions, talks, parties and other activities to contextualize the festivals programme.

For this years HF Young Bookclub, three books have been selected that relate to performances and themes in the Holland Festival programme of 2022.

During the second edition of the Bookclub in 2022, we dive into the world of Holland Festival associate artist Nicolas Stemann and read no less than two books to compare the different perspectives within: The Stranger - Albert Camus and The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud.

Nicolas Stemann's Contre-Enquetes is a theatrical investigation of Albert Camus's The Stranger.

Director Stemann stages the imaginary meeting of the main characters of two novels, one written by the French Albert Camus and the other by the Algerian Kamel Daoud.

Why does the Arab, who is murdered by the protagonist in Camus' famous novel The Stranger, not have a name? This is the question underlying the novel Meursault contre-enquête ('Moussa, or the death of an Arab') by the Algerian writer Kamel Daoud. Director Nicolas Stemann based his play Contre-enquêtes on it. The question is raised by the protagonist Haroun, the fictional brother of the Arab who is murdered by Meursault, the main character in Camus' novel.

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Language: Dutch

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HF Young Bookclub
De Stranger - Albert Camus | The Mersault Investigation - Kamel Daoud
28-5 2 pm
Location: Splendor Amsterdam, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116, 1011 LX, Amsterdam
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L’Etranger / The Stranger – Albert Camus

L’Etranger / The Stranger – Albert Camus

".. In The Outsider (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms. Meursault, his anti-hero, will not lie. When his mother dies, he refuses to show his emotions simply to satisfy the expectations of others. And when he commits a random act of violence on a sun-drenched beach near Algiers, his lack of remorse compounds his guilt in the eyes of society and the law. Yet he is as much a victim as a criminal. Albert Camus' portrayal of a man confronting the absurd, and revolting against the injustice of society, depicts the paradox of man's joy in life when faced with the 'tender indifference' of the world.”

The Mersault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

The Mersault Investigation – Kamel Daoud

“... He was the brother of 'the Arab' killed by the infamous Meursault, the antihero of Camus's classic novel. Angry at the world and his own unending solitude, he resolves to bring his brother out of obscurity by giving him a name - Musa - and a voice, and by describing the events that led to his senseless murder on a dazzling Algerian beach. 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."