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L'exil et le royaume

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  6,723 Ratings  ·  265 Reviews
«Dans les épaisseurs de la nuit sèche et froide, des milliers d'étoiles se formaient sans trêve et leurs glaçons étincelants, aussitôt détachés, commençaient de glisser insensiblement vers l'horizon. Janine ne pouvait s'arracher à la contemplation de ces feux à la dérive. Elle tournait avec eux, et le même cheminement immobile la réunissait peu à peu à son être le plus pro ...more
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Published April 18th 1972 by Gallimard (first published 1957)
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Gaurav

Exile and the Kingdom: Stories

Albert Camus

The stories explore common themes of existence, freedom, dilemma of a stranger; the vexation between solitude and togetherness, exile and repatriate, silence and noise. The protagonists of all the stories are exiled and feel inner conflict on these themes- Daru in The Guest faces the dilemma to choose between his loyalty to homeland or the place he's residing, Yvars in The Mute to choose between his resignation to demands of the firm or demand
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Rakhi Dalal
Aug 08, 2014 Rakhi Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in absurdism

This World is man’s place of Exile and yet it is the only Kingdom he knows.*

So while man finds this world an absurd place to live in, a place indifferent to his existence and as cruel as the harsh Sun, where the agony sprawls over like an endless hot desert and the despair is as unbearable as the Algerian heat, man continuously strives to make the best of it, to find a meaning through revolt,freedom and passion.

Exile and The Kingdom, published in 1958 is Camus’ last completely published work be
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Michael
In "An Experiment in Criticism", Lewis argues that the only way to truly understand a book the reader must surrender to it and to the author's vision. This can be fairly easy when the reader and the author are coming from similar worldviews, but not when they are meeting head on from opposite ends of the spectrum. This is the challenge I face when reading Camus. Our worldviews are so different that reading his work is an exhausting experience. It is a constant struggle to surrender to his vision ...more
Erik Graff
May 10, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Camus fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Albert Camus had an immense influence on me during adolescence. This is strange in that nowadays I don't think he would have much impact. At that time, however, I recognized my apprehensions articulated in his voice and in the voices of some of his characters, particularly the doctor in The Plague.

In the sixties one heard about Camus everywhere. My first direct exposure was the typical one: The Stranger was assigned reading for an English class. Intrigued by that and by what I heard from the tea
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Andrei Tamaş
Dec 15, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opera lui Camus nu are niciun raţionament (sau dacă are, el este -prin cuvintele autorului, după cum vorbeşte în "Mitul lui Sisif"- un "raţionament absurd". De aceea opera lui Camus nu este una metodică, ea neavând un sistem după care avea să fie scrisă. Ea, opera, ilustrează impecabil absurdul, faptul că viaţa e absurdă şi, prin urmare, niciun raţionament nu-şi are rostul... Camus -oricât de paradoxal ar părea!- a fost un om foarte sensibil, iar asta în ciudată stilului său de viaţă vulgar. Gre ...more
Yann
Apr 12, 2016 Yann rated it it was amazing


J'ai vraiment été très impressionné par ces nouvelles, dont certaines, comme "L'hôte" et "La pierre qui pousse" sont percutantes et pleines de sel. Parues en 1957, elles précèdent de peu son attribution du prix Nobel de Littérature. Un excellent recueil!
Scarlet
Jun 13, 2012 Scarlet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I start reading this book and I’m like “oh this is nice, let me put my Casa Blance lens on.” I am happily reading along, when all of a sudden, I’m like:

wait!



What-the-cluster-fuck?!

How did I get here?

And it is not just the first short story; it all of them! I had to read it once, twice, and then go back and review and try to understand and read between the lines.

So check it, in my opinion, all the stories have to be taken as one ongoing theme: An individual who finds himself displaced in
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Tej
Mar 18, 2012 Tej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personaly I love Camus and this flavour of writing. . . The writing, which is for its own sake. . . Pure, artistic and honest. . . Each story is like a painting that etches itself permanently n vividly in one's memory. . . The setting is so important as are the characters with their conscientious n existential struggles, their paradoxes n dilemas, that are too real and near to one's ownself rendering these characters unforgettable. . . The open end is always amenable to one's own interpretation ...more
Nawal
May 25, 2013 Nawal rated it really liked it
L'Exil et le Royaume et le malaise de l'être.


L'Exil et le Royaume est un recueil de six nouvelles, publié en 1957 (Il n’est pas arrivé très souvent à Camus d’écrire des nouvelles), Succédant à La Chute (1956), cette œuvre serait donc la dernière publiée de son vivant-je préfère toujours plonger dans l'œuvre camusienne selon son ordre chronologique, ça me fournit quelques indications sur l’évolution de l'auteur!


Le recueil est donc composé de six nouvelles: La Femme adultère, Le Renégat ou un espr
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Jim
Sep 08, 2007 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those of us who like to read in between the lines.
Exile and the Kingdom consists of half a dozen short stories. Like Camus’s famous novel, each story deals with an outsider.

The first story presents us with the titular ‘Adulterous Woman’ but nowhere in the story does it suggest that she has – or indeed intends to – be unfaithful to her husband but she does give herself over to a moment, an experience; it is quite a compelling little character study.

The second story, ‘The Renegade’ is the only one I remembered anything of from the first time I r
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Greg
The reason I haven't got around to writing a review is due to the absurd amount of books in the world.
Brandon Henke
Amidst inhospitable landscapes and odd circumstance, we are invited to explore the sentiments of alienation that encumber outsiders:

(1) Adulterous woman = Disenchanted wife substitutes stargazing for lecherous humping.

(2) The Renegade = "Pig-headed" missionary reflects on power relations after being brutalized by foreign savages and discovers he's just a masochistic cuck.

(3) The Silent Men = Laborers mope after capitulating in a strike, and discover shortly thereafter that all of mankind struggl
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Kyle
Apr 28, 2012 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is absolutely amazing what a fantastic writer Camus was. Each story in the collection was beautifully crafted with vivid depictions and imagery, foreboding tone, and vulnerably corrupted characters. For me, each seemed to start a bit slow but had me entranced by the third or fourth page.

My two favorites were "The Renegade" and "The Artist at Work." In the first, it is literally difficult to read with the depictions of torture, rape, captivity, thirst, and Stockholm syndrome. A truly grueling
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Shauna
Mar 20, 2013 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My somewhat low rating is owing only to the fact that these are short stories...getting into Camus this way is a little like being woken up from a deep sleep every hour, on the hour; these stories just can't hold the force of his longer works like "The Plague," "The First Man" or even "The Fall."

He's saved his talent (just my opinion) for the final two. In "Jonas, or the Artist at Work," a painter finds himself unable to create once he has fame, friends and generally an abundance of people aroun
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Caitlin
Jan 07, 2010 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Camus, after my second exposure. This is a collection of short stories, some of which (as always) are a bit better than others. I only give this four stars because I had a little difficulty figuring out how one of the stories fit with the other five. "The Renegade or a Confused Spirit" grated a little for me because it was written in such a different style from the other stories. It felt a little longer than it needed to be to me, but it was compelling nonetheless.

I don't enjoy putting wr
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Le Matt
Jan 31, 2013 Le Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two words come to mind as I turn the final pages of this wonderful collection: Breathless, breathtaking. Perhaps they are the same.

There is an animal, elemental intensity at play here as Camus once again cements his position not only as an intellectual giant but also as one of the greatest fiction writers. He melds exotic settings with displaced characters in stories that take your breath away, stories that haunt and linger and leave you clamoring for air like a fish on dry shore. The Renegade,
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Tim
Jul 28, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Albert Camus’s existentialism is sometimes described as having more hope than some of his other contemporaries. One thing is certain, Camus has a way of presenting real life that causes the reader to become AWARE. By aware, I mean aware of where they are while reading Camus; aware of their own vision of life; aware of their individual mindset in relation to Camus. The author has a way of presenting life at its most raw and foundational level. My own mindset caused me to look at how the role of b ...more
Kandileone
Nov 01, 2013 Kandileone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are six short stories following the path of strangers (as expected of Camus)in Algeria, France, Mali and Brazil. Overall I was bewitched and lost in the subtle meanings each of them carried, and Camus truly allows you to get lost in concepts you formulate or perceive by yourself.

My favorite chapter was the first "The Adulterous Woman" because this is the first time I read something Camus narrates in the voice of a woman, which gave the story a new exquisite taste.
The ending was rather enig
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Onur Ovali
Aug 31, 2015 Onur Ovali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
camus öyküleri. less is more akımının yegane öncülerinden olan albert abimizin öyküleri pek bi şey olmuyo gibiyken aslında ne çok şey oluyor ulan dedirten cinsten. “gel bizle otur” kadar basit bi cümlenin ne kadar büyük boşluklar doldurabileceğini falan düşünürken buluveriyorsunuz kendinizi.

pek konuşmayan insanların içseslerini sanki kendi içinizde duyarsınız, onların küçük / anlamsız/ absürd heyecanlarını yaşarsınız vs vs...
Rozzer
Jun 13, 2012 Rozzer rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, reviewed, own, fiction
Le Renegat. For me, Le Renegat IS L'exil et le royaume. It's remained stuck in my mind for half a century, the recollection refreshed every so often by another read-through of the story. It fascinates me, and for the greater part of my life I didn't know why I was fascinated. I've now understood why and shall tell you why in this review. It may sound like a stretch, but I assure you that it's indeed the truth, the actuality.

Le Renegat is a story of torture and abasement, of brain-washing and Sto
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William Thomas
honestly, it kills me to give anythign by camus only three stars, but three of the six stories were practically worthless. they read like instructions, like cooking instructions "then he did this, then he did that, then this happened". the other three stories were beautiful, the renegade and the adulterous woman especially, so feverish, so longing and wanting. they conveyed the message of the book, fighting against nature and other men and themselves, trying hard to find peace within where it ca ...more
Steven
A collection of six short stories that contain all the characteristics those familiar with Camus would come to expect, there is mixed bag here with some simple to read and others with more complexity and depth. the first two "The Adulterous Woman" and "The Renegade" have a desert setting, it's barrenness brings about wonder and madness, "The Artist At Work" works as a mini statement about coping with love, "The Silent Men" and "The Guest" have the theme of compassion and man's need to find comfo ...more
Mike
Sep 22, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is now my favorite work by Camus, behind only The Plague. Each story is beautifully written and brilliantly concise, where every sentence has weight to it and conveys stirring imagery or deep emotion, as if the author could not spare a single word to excess. The stories vary in subject yet all have the common theme of a protagonist's moral ambivalence when faced with some form of injustice or existential quandary. As one would expect, there is no using Occam's ra ...more
Samir Rawas Sarayji
I expected the stories here to be more... intimate, for lack of a better word. Instead, the stories had detached narrators and the camera view was too distant from the protagonists in each story for me to sympathize with any of them. While the descriptions and details were beautiful, there was an excess of narrative compared to dialogue and action - basically lots of telling. I've only read one of Camus' novels previously but I have a hunch he's a brilliant novelist but not necessarily so as a s ...more
Justin
Dec 20, 2015 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Adulterous Woman”
A woman on a business trip with her husband confronts her fear of being alone and to have freedom. We all want to be loved, and to love, but is that worth our freedom? The protagonist is faced with a choice to act or continue with her relationship as it is. Her adultery is her idea of breaking away from her husband. I loved the theme and prose of this one. 5/5

“The Renegade”
A missionary seeks revenge after being tortured by a local tribe. Camus explores the power of belief,
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Alexis Karahalios
Ο άνθρωπος ζει "εξόριστος" στη ζωή, ωστόσο ενίοτε χτίζει μέσα σε αυτήν την εξορία του τα μικρά του "βασίλεια" κάνοντας τις μικρές του προσωπικές επαναστάσεις, ζώντας με πάθος και ελευθερία. Κοινός τόπος των περισσότερων διηγημάτων του, η έρημος της Βορείου Αφρικής, σύμβολο της μοναξιάς του. Βαθύς υπαρξισμός σε μία καταπληκτική συλλογή διηγημάτων από τον τεράστιο Καμύ. Υπεροχο!
umberto
Sep 23, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Compared with the one translated by Justin O’Brien (Everyman’s Library, 2004), this book “Exile and the Kingdom” newly translated by Carol Cosman, I think, is worth reading since she has revealed her style and wording that seemingly simplify this translation with more concise texts. As we can see from the first title and its first three sentences of the first story as follows:

The Adulterous Woman
A house-fly had been circling for the last few minutes in the bus, though the windows were closed. An
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Oscar Fuentevilla
No soy persona de historias cortas. Creo que es el libro de Camus que menos me ha gustado. Está entretenido pero mis puntos aquí son:

- Los finales de las historias no están del tamaño de las historias, les falta cerrar de manera más fuerte, algo más memorable; solamente se acaban y ya. Entiendo que es parte de la idea existencial de Camus pero no me parece que vale la pena todo lo que arriesga para lo que intenta ganar.

- Las primeras historias son muy notablemente mejores que las últimas, y así
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Madalin Boboc
Feb 09, 2016 Madalin Boboc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9, camus
Rated as I read along:

The Adulterous Women -9/10
Very simple story but the beauty of description and depth of insight into the protagonist's thoughts and feelings are what truly makes it more than it could have been.

The Renegade or a Confuse Spirit -9/10
The story of a mind gone astray due to the effects of torture, similar somewhat to "The Fall", a study of twisted logical justification but more intense, or with "Erostratus" by Sartre with the difference that the protagonist here can be symphat
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Marie-aimée
Jan 16, 2013 Marie-aimée rated it really liked it
Shelves: french, fr, novels, drama
Un super recueil de nouvelles ! Les trois premières sont vraiment géniales, on voit toute l'habileté de Camus à créer des personnages, toujours sous la forme psychologique, avec des émotions très différentes mais qui se ressemblent. J'ai bien aimé aussi le thème du royaume et de l'exil.

Un petit extrait de la première nouvelle (La femme adultère) : "Depuis toujours, sur la terre sèche, raclée jusqu'à l'os, de ce pays démesuré, quelques hommes cheminaient sans trêve, qui ne possédaient rien mais
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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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“Not a breath, not a sound—except at intervals the muffled crackling of stones that the cold was reducing to sand—disturbed the solitude and silence surrounding Janine. After a moment, however, it seemed to her that the sky above her was moving in a sort of slow gyration. In the vast reaches of the dry, cold night, thousands of stars were constantly appearing, and their sparkling icicles, loosened at once, began to slip gradually towards the horizon. Janine could not tear herself away from contemplating those drifting flares. She was turning with them, and the apparently stationary progress little by little identified her with the core of her being, where cold and desire were now vying with each other. Before her the stars were falling one by one and being snuffed out among the stones of the desert, and each time Janine opened a little more to the night. Breathing deeply, she forgot the cold, the dead weight of others, the craziness or stuffiness of life, the long anguish of living and dying. After so many years of mad, aimless fleeing from fear, she had come to a stop at last. At the same time, she seemed to recover her roots and the sap again rose in her body, which had ceased trembling. Her whole belly pressed against the parapet as she strained towards the moving sky; she was merely waiting for her fluttering heart to calm down and establish silence within her. The last stars of the constellations dropped their clusters a little lower on the desert horizon and became still. Then, with unbearable gentleness, the water of night began to fill Janine, drowned the cold, rose gradually from the hidden core of her being and overflowed in wave after wave, rising up even to her mouth full of moans. The next moment, the whole sky stretched out over her, fallen on her back on the cold earth.” 23 likes
“every night, when he didn't want to be alone, or to age or die, with that set expression he assumed which she occasionally recognized on other men's faces, the only common expression of those madmen hiding under an appearance of wisdom until the madness seizes them and hurls them desperately toward a woman's body to bury in it, without desire, everything terrifying that solitude and night reveals to them.” 10 likes
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