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How To Approach The Other - Presented By Kamel Daoud

Can Albert Camus’s The Stranger be read as a tragic Robinsonade? One where Friday is killed rather than his humanity discovered or negated?

At Harvard University and Brown University, Daoud will take these questions as a point of departure to discuss one of humanity’s major fables:the encounter with the Other. Or the negation of the Other. Three paths emerge: murder, religious negation, and the missing of the Other on the island of existence. It is this relationship to otherness that Daoud sought to explore in MeursaultWhat is the Other for me? In what sense is he at once impossible and necessary? The other is both the proof of my existence and the limit that establishes my need for ethics or freedom.

Kamel Daoud is an Algerian writer and journalist. Daoud edits the French language daily Le quotidien d'Oran where he contributes a popular commentary on the news under the title "Raina Raikoum" ("My Opinion, Your Opinion") in French.

Daoud's debut novel The Meursault Investigation (Meursault, contre-enquête) is his first novel; it is considered a literary and historical retelling of Albert Camus's celebrated novel, The Stranger (L'Etranger). Within the first few years of its publication, the novel gained great acclaim and popularity. In 2014 it won the Prix François-Mauriac as well as the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie, and was a finalist for Prix Goncourt; and in 2015 it received the Prix Goncourt for first novel. In April 2015, an excerpt from The Meursault Investigation was featured in The New Yorker magazine.

Please note: these talks will be in French followed by a brief summary in English. The Q&A session will be in French and English.

The conferences will take place at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, November 10th from 5:00pm to 6:30pmHarvard UniversityBelfer Case Study Room, CGIS South Rm S0201730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, November 17th, 5:30pmBrown University84 Prospect Street, Rochambeau House Providence, RI 

For more information on Kamel Daoud at Harvard, please click here.For more information on Kamel Daoud at Brown, please click here.