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Jean-Baptiste Clamence, a successful Parisian barrister, has come to recognize the deep-seated hypocrisy of his existence. His epigrammatic and, above all, discomforting monologue gradually saps, then undermines, the reader's own complacency.
Paperback, 147 pages
Published May 7th 1991 by Vintage (first published May 16th 1956)
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William Although the book was first published in 1956, this edition of the book was published in 2000.

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Lauren Van Buskirk
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
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Μ•Ο•Ν•Α•Δ•Ι•Κ•Ο




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

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
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Glenn Russell
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“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
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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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
La Chute = The Fall, Albert Camus
The Fall (French: La Chute) is a philosophical novel by Albert Camus. First published in 1956, it is his last complete work of fiction. Set in Amsterdam, The Fall consists of a series of dramatic monologues by the self-proclaimed "judge-penitent" Jean-Baptiste Clamence, as he reflects upon his life to a stranger. In what amounts to a confession, Clamence tells of his success as a wealthy Parisian defense lawyer who was highly respected by his colleagues; his cris
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mark monday
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Manny
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
Gaurav
The Fall
Albert Camus


I saw only superiority on myself, which explained my benevolence and peace of mind.


You are sitting in a bar in Amsterdam- the Mexico City- just after world war, when you chance an encounter with a ordinary being, a simple man popping up on the stage of your life. Jean-Baptiste Clamence comes across to you an ordinary citizen who tells you he used to be a lawyer but he’s now a judge-penitent. A strange kind of emotion provoked in your consciousness due to the announcement a
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Samadrita
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
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Foad
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 ۱۹۳۴، 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
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Mohammed  Ali
Jun 09, 2016 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
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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
Soheil
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
با "بيگانه"اش بيگانه بودم و ارتباط چندانى مابين ما برقرار نشد،طوريكه در خواندن اين كتاب شك داشتم؛و چه شك بى موردى!كلمه به كلمه اين كتاب رو با ذره ذره ى وجودم حس كردم.
قبل از خواندن اين كتاب،فصل "مرگ" از "رواندرمانى اگزيستانسيال" از يالوم را خواندم و حقيقتا كه در راه فهم كتاب،كمك بزرگى بود.
يالوم در كتابش ميگويد كه انسان ها به طور ناخودآگاه دو دفاع روانى را در مواجهه با اضطراب مرگ به كار ميگيرند:
١-باور به استثنا بودن:كه مدام به انسان القا ميشود كه اتفاقات ناگوار فقط براى ديگران اتفاق ميفتد و او از
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Samra Yusuf
So what do we talk about, when we talk about living? The very foundations on the basis of which our whole outlook towards life has been shaped? I’ve heard people claiming to spend their lives with a code of conduct, a sort of philosophy of their own to lead a life.” I love doing this,” “I like being there”, “this is wrong”, “I shouldn’t have said that”, and countless other incongruous statements.
From where comes this venerated point of reference to judge our actions, where lies the line that dis
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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, cond
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Anna
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Μονόλογος - παραλήρημα - εξομολόγηση μιας ζωής απόλυτα πετυχημένης και ευτυχισμένης φαινομενικά, αλλά απόλυτα άδειας εσωτερικά. Ένας ύμνος πάνω στη ματαιότητα της επαγγελματικής επιτυχίας, της ηθικής και του φαίνεσθαι. Και μια γερή κλωτσιά στα αμαρτήματα του καθημερινού ανθρώπου. Πρωταγωνιστής ένας πετυχημένος δικηγόρος που κάνει απολογισμό της ζωής του σε έναν άγνωστο... στη θέση του θα μπορούσε να είναι ο καθένας μας... Και αλήθεια.. δεν έχετε σκεφτεί ποτέ να πιάσετε έναν άγνωστο, εν είδει ψυχ ...more
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
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Jake
Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Roula
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το τριτο μυθιστορημα του καμυ που και αυτο διαβαζεται απνευστι.ειναι αξιοθαυμαστο στα βιβλια οταν ο συγγραφεας καταφερνει να αποδωσει τα συναισθηματα των ηρωων οπως τα εχει παρατηρησει στους χαρακτηρες των αλλων, ειναι ομως εκπληκτικο το να περιγραφει συναισθηματα και τις πιο σκοτεινες σκεψεις οπως τις εχει βιωσει ο ιδιος και ο Καμυ πηγαινει τοσο βαθια στα πιο σκοτεινα μονοπατια της ανθρωπινης ψυχης που δε γινεται να μην περιγραφει πραγματα που ο ιδιος εχει σκεφτει και βιωσει.και αυτο θελει κοτσ ...more
Sarah
“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
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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
هَنَـــاءْ

"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"

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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
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Χαρά Ζ.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**The fall**

My dear Camus, i love you.
Eirini D
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated-lit
Ένα βιβλίο που ο καθένας μπορεί να βρει τον εαυτό του, μέσα στις σελίδες του, και να θέσει διάφορα ερωτήματα για το τι σημαίνει τελικά να είσαι καλός, να είσαι δηλαδή γενναιόδωρος, πονόψυχος, να θυσιάζεσαι για τους άλλους και ό,τι άλλο μπορεί να μας χαρακτηρίσει αυτό που λέμε, καλός άνθρωπος. Μήπως τελικά όλα ξεκινάνε και τελειώνουν στον εαυτό μας; Μήπως όλα περιστρέφονται γύρω από το εγώ μας και την ικανοποίησή του; Μα είναι γνωστό πως όταν δίνεις στους άλλους, ο πρώτος που παίρνει χαρά είσαι ε ...more
Jeremy
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:

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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.
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Eva
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Pantelis
Oct 29, 2016 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?
Sura  ✿
" نحن جميعاً قضايا استثنائية "
النجمة الخامسة لخاتمة الرواية .

*القراءة الخامسة عشر مع IGRs
Fernando
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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¿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
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