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Jean-Baptiste Clamence is a soul in turmoil. Over several drunken nights he regales a chance acquaintance with his story. From this successful former lawyer and seemingly model citizen a compelling, self-loathing catalogue of guilt, hypocrisy and alienation pours forth. "The Fall" (1956) is a brilliant portrayal of a man who has glimpsed the hollowness of his existence. Bu ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published 2000 by دار مكتبة الحياة (first published 1956)
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Lauren Van Buskirk
I ran into my friend Dan at the club last week, and he was drunk. So we talked Camus. We didn’t discuss Camus’s theories, or the fact that he avoided riding in cars and then DIED IN A CAR CRASH. We just talked about Camus in relation to Dan’s life and in relation to mine. The only really interesting thing about anything to me is how it affects me. That’s the honest truth.

Dan and I agreed that an interest in Existentialism is kind of a stage in your life – like when you liked Pearl Jam or lived
Glenn Russell
Dec 09, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“One plays at being immortal and after a few weeks one doesn't even know whether or not one can hang on till the next day.”
― Albert Camus, The Fall

“A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the newspapers.” So pronounces Jean-Baptiste Clamence, narrator of Albert Camus’s short novel during the first evening of a monologue he delivers to a stranger over drinks at a shabby Amsterdam watering hole. Then, during the course of several evenings, the narrator continues his m
Helen Stavraki

Ηλεκτροφόρα καλώδια στην καρδιά. Ηλεκτροσόκ κυριολεκτικό,κάθε φορά που ο αφηγητής σου απευθύνει το λόγο. Σε δείχνει. Σε χαρακτηρίζει.

Ταυτίζεσαι και όταν τελειώνει κοιτάς το ταβάνι. Κοιτάς το πάτωμα.Ξανακοιτάς το ταβάνι, οπουδήποτε πιο ψηλά απο το υπόγειο ή το υπέργειο μπουντρούμι σου.
Ανοίγεις τα κλειστά παράθυρα κι ας είναι νύχτα...
Βγαίνεις κάπου έξω για να κοιτάξεις ψηλά,όσο πιο ψηλά
Riku Sayuj

The Anti-Christ

Why does the Judge-penitent address you directly, as if he has found a kindred soul in you?

In this world responsibility is infinite and that is why The Fall is inevitable - even for a Christ. But back then Christ made a mistake — he saw (was) the nausea of the world, he saw (was) the complete guilt of each man (and his own) and he decided to redeem man (himself) by setting a supreme example. He sacrificed himself because he found himself guilty. It was only an example, a call to a
mark monday
Nov 08, 2015 mark monday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you know this person, we all know this person, this particular kind of person. a real do-gooder, a person of the people, doling out the goodwill and the spare change and the spare arm to help that blind person across the street. you know the satisfaction they get from looking humble, acting humble, being anything but humble at the heart of them. reveling in their goodness; reveling in their superiority. selflessness disguising selfishness. this person loves 'em and leaves 'em too, except "love" ...more
Do you want to have the very foundations on the basis of which your whole outlook towards life has been shaped, questioned?
Do you want to see the lines between so-called good and evil, right and wrong, the moral and immoral blurred to the extent you could not distinguish one from the other?
Do you want to erase that cherished and precious point of reference, against which you have compared, weighed all your actions, thoughts and feelings so far?

If the answer to the above 3 questions is yes, then
تابلوی نقاشی "قضات پاکدامن"، نام یکی از تابلوهای مجموعه نقاشی مذهبی است که در محراب کلیسای گنت در بلژیک قرار داشت.
این اثر هنری به همراه بخش های دیگر این مجموعه، در سال 1934، به سرقت رفت.
سارق طی چند نامه، درخواست مبلغ کلانی برای بازگرداندن تابلو کرد، ولی درخواست توسط اسقف اعظم کلیسای گنت رد شد. پلیس هیچ وقت نتوانست سارق را بیابد.

مدت ها بعد، شخصی به نام "آرسِن گودرتیر"، در بستر مرگ به وکیل خود گفت: او تنها کسی است که می داند "قضات پاکدامن" کجاست، و این راز را با خود به گور خواهد برد.
در یکی از کشو
I used to be, as they say, a person of some consequence, but now I spend most of my time on Goodreads. What? Oh, I worked for an American organization which provided experts for hire. At significantly elevated rates, it goes without saying. Reliable expertise carries a high market value, that was our business model. Let me tell you about one job I performed. A Spanish government agency wished to discontinue funding of a software project, why I don't know. Some internal feud, perhaps. They requir ...more
Mohammed  Ali
Jun 09, 2016 Mohammed Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قراءتي الثانية لهذه الرواية

يمكن أن تختصر هذه الرواية في خمس كلمات فقط : العبث , التحدي , التمرد , اللامبالاة و اللاجدوى .

على أنغام الفنان , الكاتب , الملحن و المغني البلجيكي الشهير ( جاك بريل ) و أغنيته المشهورة جدا " في ميتاء أمستردام " Jacques Brel - Le Port d'Amsterdam "
تبدأ أحداث هي الرواية المونولوج لأن بطلنا واحد يقوم بالحوار و الوصف و الحركة..تبدأ من قلب حانة مطلة على ميناء أمستردام تسمى " حانة المكسيك " و يا لغرابة هذا الإسم .

إن غياب التفكيرٍ العميقٍ لمعنى الحياة هو الشكل الآخر لرتابة
Mar 14, 2008 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's confused as to what this life is all about.
As with most Camus, this book is, in the course of a hundred or so pages, an entire decade of therapy. If you don't feel worse—yet oddly optimistic—about yourself and people in general after this book, you're either inhuman, or you're the exact person this book was meant for.

Someone once extolled this book as "an examination of modern conscience," and it was through this lens that I first began this work. That's accurate, I suppose, to a point, but to leave interpretation at that would be to ro
هنـاء آلـماضیے

"دراسة ذكية لا يمكن مقوامتها للضمير المعاصر."

-نيويورك تايمز/رواية السقطة.

"تعرف ما هو السحر: أن تحصل على الجواب بنعم من دون أن تسأل أسئلة واضحة"


فلسفة عبثية تنبثق من الحاجة للمعنى والوضوح في عالم يعج بالغموض والتشتت.

يقف ألبير ببطله على قمة الصراع بين الأنا والنحن، يحارب نفسه تارة، ويقذف بها تارة أخرى إلى منصة الإتهام، أو يتملص من تهمة أن يكون هو المتهم.

"نحن مخلوقات إستثنائية. كلنا نريد أن نحكم على شيء. كل واحد منا يصر على براءته مهما كله ذلك ولو توجب
عليه أن يتهم الجنس البشري بأسره
Muhammad Arqum
How foolish I was to assume this would be a quick little read. I could not have been more wrong. I physically feel exhausted. How did Camus write this? The fall is as dense as they come, bitter, excruciating. Forces you to cogitate. The ideas are so repugnant and yet they keep gnawing inside your head. The words are like evil dark matter that establishes its authority right from the start and stays there dictating, vandalizing your property. I cannot believe I am giving this a 5 star rating. I d ...more
Nickolas the Kid
Τι να πρωτοπώ για αυτό το βιβλίο... Είναι απλά ένα ΑΡΙΣΤΟΥΡΓΗΜΑ που εγώ προσωπικά θεωρώ πως αξίζει όλοι οι άνθρωποι να το διαβάσουν μια φορά στην ζωή τους!

Ο Κλαμάνς είναι ο ήρωας που κατέχει την αλήθεια, την αλήθεια που κανένας δεν είναι έτοιμος να δεχτεί ούτε να αντέξει...

Ο μονόλογος του είναι ο μονόλογος ενός μέσου αστού, ενός καθημερινού ανθρώπου. Ίσως μια εξομολόγηση...
Όμως είναι γεμάτος κοφτερά "ξυράφια" που κόβουν πάνω σε θέματα όπως η εξουσία, η θρησκεία, η μισαλλοδοξία, ο έρωτας κλπ κλπ.
Luís C.
The Fall by Albert Camus is the monologue of a breathless individual whose phrases follow each other in a frantic rhythm, giving himself up to an attentive interlocutor. The confessions of a man gnawed by the guilt of not having reacted to the suicide of a young woman who has been thrown from a bridge.
This guilt will awaken his human conscience..
Jean Baptiste Clamence, a vain and self-centered bourgeois, a renowned advocate, whom his good calculated actions distinguish, will abandon his rich Par
In any case, I only like confessions nowadays, and the authors of confessions write chiefly in order not to confess, saying nothing of what they know. When they pretend to be owning up, that’s the moment to beware: they’re putting make-up on the corpse.

As far as his prose-fiction output goes, Camus is most well-known for three works: The Stranger The Plague and this one, The Fall. The first two have definitive places amongst cycles of his work within his oeuvre and the development of his ideas:

Oct 29, 2016 Pantelis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, regardless of whether there is a Judging God or not, I would jump in the river to save the drowning woman. For me, the crucial philosophical question is: who would jump next, to save the drowning woman and her saviour?
Maria Espadinha
Consciência - Um Passaporte Para O Inferno

Será que até os nossos atos de bondade para com os outros, derivam dum narcisismo desmedido?!
Sempre que damos uma esmola, ajudamos um cego a atravessar a rua, etc, etc, ... será que o fazemos porque tais atitudes são cotadas positivamente pelas avaliações dos outros, que nos recompensam rotulando-nos como "pessoas de bem"!?...
Será o altruísmo uma forma de egoísmo hipócrita?!
Um Narcisismo mascarado?!

Com a Queda, Camus põe em causa a natureza humana, conde
Nov 10, 2016 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Camus won the Nobel prize for literature in 1957 he was up against Nikos Kazantzakis. All I have to say is that at least Kazantzakis lost to a really worthy opponent. Camus is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. I don't think I have ever come across another author who is able to dissect emotions with the precision of a surgeon. It is truly incredible how analytical his mind is and a real talent how he can project that to his work with a sense of humor, at times cynicism and always hum ...more
Sura  ✿
" نحن جميعاً قضايا استثنائية "
النجمة الخامسة لخاتمة الرواية .

*القراءة الخامسة عشر مع IGRs
Mar 31, 2017 Håkon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful little novel about the internal conflicts of the modern man. Selfishness masquerading as selflessness. Our admiration of freedom, yet our inclination towards slavery. Our critique of the living, and honoring of the dead. admitting guilt, not for repentance, but to make guilty of others, so as to make oneselves, in turn, less guilty
The fall recounts a man's fall from innocence, to hating all that is mankind, with all it's contradictions, wishing some form of master would float
Steven  Godin
The philosophical and psychological study of a man suffering inner turmoil and a crisis of existence, the man in question is one Jean Baptiste Clemance, a Parisian lawyer who while spending time in an Amsterdam bar starts to tell a moving, slightly disturbing story of self-pity and guilt to a complete stranger, only the feeling here was that a mirror was between them and felt more like a confession to himself rather than anyone else. This is Classic Camus and has all the trademarks you would com ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argélia, nobel, bib-p
Para Jean-Paul Sartre, A Queda é de todos os livros de Camus o mais belo e incompreendido.
A parte do incompreendido eu percebo.
Não é um livro com um andamento clássico, não tem um enredo explicado com principio meio e fim, que é aquilo a que nos habituamos na literatura convencional.
Os livros de Camus são tudo menos óbvios, primam pelo absurdo e por conduzirem à reflexão e busca de um propósito que justifique os atos e opções das suas personagens e da humanidade em geral.
O loooongo monólogo (c
Jun 27, 2017 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
¿Qué clase de libro es “La caída”? No es una novela, ni un cuento. No tiene las características de un ensayo. ¿Hay manera de clasificarla dentro de la “normalidad” de los textos literarios? Quién sabe…
Cuando uno se dispone a leer este libro, ya desde las primeras páginas cree encontrarse con un monólogo, pero tampoco es eso. Es más bien un soliloquio extraído de una conversación que el narrador, que utiliza un nombre inventado, Jean-Baptiste Clamence, sostiene con otra persona en un bar de la ci
Μια ψυχή είπε κάποτε οτι ο Καμύ γαμεί. Ε δε μπορώ παρα να συμφωνήσω. Και προσέχετε οσοι το διαβάσετε θα φάτε τα μούτρα σας πέφτοντας.
Nov 20, 2016 Mahsa.RM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کامو آینه ای بدست کلمانس داده و در آن آینه انسان عصر ما را به تصویر می کشد.
MJ Nicholls
The follow-up to Christos Tsiolkas’s bestseller The Slap, where a boozy Australian lunatic whomps a friend’s child at a party and creates a hotbed of interpersonal tension over 400 outstandingly boring pages. In The Fall, a different boozy Australian accidentally (or was it intentional?) elbows a child onto the grass, causing him to fall and hurt his pelvis, causing outrage on the streets of Canberra! Are our children ever safe from inebriated philanderers with pointy elbows? Why can’t drunks we ...more
Eleni Ouzouni
Jun 09, 2015 Eleni Ouzouni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
To The Fall δεν είναι ένα απλό μυθιστόρημα. Αλλά είναι μια φιλοσοφική εξερεύνησε προς τον δρόμο για την αλήθεια. Γραμμένο σε δεύτερο πρόσωπο, το μυθιστόρημα είναι μια σειρά από χωρισμένους μονολόγους που αφηγήται ο Jean-Baptiste Clamence σε έναν ξένο - δηλαδή εμάς. Εδώ μας διηγείται την ιστορία της πτώσης του από το «Eden» αλλιώς Παρίσι και την εξορία του στην «αστική κόλαση» του Άμστερνταμ. Ο Clamence είναι ένας πρώην δικαστής που δεν παύει να μας υπενθυμίζει πόσο αγαπάει τον εαυτό του ενώ ταυτ ...more
Sarah Nu
“People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.”

“Freedom is not a reward or a decoration that you toast in champagne. On the contrary, it's hard graft and a long-distance run, all alone, very exhausting. Alone in a dreary room, alone in the dock before the judges, and alone to make up your mind, before yourself and before the judgment of others. At the end of every freedom there is a sentence, which is why freedom is too heavy to bear.”

“Your success and happiness are forgiven you
Sep 01, 2016 ژیار rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"حالا دیگر خیلی دیر شده است. همیشه خیلی دیر است. خوشبختانه!"

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

The Fall is one of those books which is less of a novel than an exploration of some kind of spiritual or philosophical narrative or truth. The narrator is a self appointed judge who spares no details about the fact that he does in fact love himself in a highly narcissistic manner. It is this manner which lends him to feeling free as to judge humanity, while ironically also judging himself and yet seemingly feeling free fro
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care ...more
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