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In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months that overlap by one month, it is time to announce the April–May 2020 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes, the third topic challenge of the year 2020 will be

The Stranger / Meursault


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during April–May 2020 we should all try to read Albert Camus' novel L'Étranger / The Stranger and/or other works of literature that were inspired by it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during April and May too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of Camus's novel The Stranger or another work inspired by it and asking good questions about these works. Questions about The Stranger should be tagged with , and . Questions about other works will require other tags. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is the original presentation of this topic challenge:

Albert Camus' novel L'Étranger / The Stranger has inspired other artists. The topic challenge would consist in posting and answering questions about such works. The English Wikipedia article mentions a few songs that are relevant; the French Wikipedia article mentions a few other ones.

The most interesting work inspired by L'Étranger may be Kamel Daoud's novel Meursault, contre-enquête / The Meursault Investigation (2013); its story is told from the point of view of Harun, the brother of the Arab killed by Meursault.

Questions about Camus's novel L'Étranger would also count for this challenge. (The French version of L'Étranger is available online.)

Another novel inspired by The Stranger is Salim Bachi's Le Dernier Été d’un jeune homme (Flammarion, 2013).

What's next?

  • Vote here for the next topic challenge (May–June), or propose your own!

Update: An excerpt of the English translation of Daoud's novel was published in The New Yorker in March 2015.

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The highest-voted of these are Why would Maman ask for a religious burial? and How is the Czechoslovak traveler's story relevant to The Stranger as a whole? and In which interview did Camus say that Meursault is the only Christ we deserved?, each with a score of 3 at the end of May.

The most viewed is To what extent are the stylistic devices in Death of a Salesman and The Stranger similar?, with approximately 100 views by the end of May.

Six of the nine questions received an answer. The most-viewed question was closed soon after it was posted and was still closed at the end of May.

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