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Exile and the Kingdom

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These six stories, written at the height of Camus' artistic powers, all depict people at decisive, revelatory moments in their lives. Translated by Justin O'Brien.

The six works collected in this volume are:

"The Adulterous Woman" ("La Femme adultère")
"The Renegade or a Confused Spirit" ("Le Renégat ou un esprit confus")
"The Silent Men" ("Les Muets")
"The Guest" ("L'Hôte"
Paperback, 213 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by Vintage International (first published 1957)
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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
Rakhi Dalal
Jul 28, 2014 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
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Anger and helplessness sometimes hurt so much that you can’t even cry out.”

Exile and the Kingdom is a collection of six short stories by Albert Camus. While these tales were brimming with vivid, powerful prose, and Camus’ distinctive flavor of Absurdism was a delight to reconnect with, overall I found the actual plots and characters fairly unremarkable, some even downright forgettable. The collection wasn’t a bad one by any means, but it ultimately failed to really grab me or to leave a lasti
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Albert Camus, con el correr del tiempo fue transformándose en uno de mis autores preferidos. Notable escritor, que incursionó tanto en la novela, el ensayo y en el teatro, escribió este libro de cuentos que yo no conocía en el año 1957, casualmente el mismo en el que recibió el premio Nobel de literatura tres años antes de que la muerte la arrebatara un futuro brillante, en el que seguramente nos hubiera deleitado con muchas más obras literarias del calibre de sus novelas “La Peste”, “El extranj ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Steven  Godin
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
Erik Graff
Oct 27, 2009 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
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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:



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
Andrei Tamaş
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 esp
I love Camus (The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall, in that order), but this one left me unimpressed. "The Adulterous Woman" felt like a less vivid version of the already-too-depressing The Sheltering Sky, and "The Renegade" was almost incomprehensible. I liked the last four stories more, with "The Guest" and "The Artist at Work" being my favorites, but they were still pretty hollow reading experiences. Granted, the subject matter is as bleak as Camus's worldview, but all of his other fictional ...more
Brandon Henke
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dilsizler" ve "Konuk" isimli öyküleri çok güzel. Cezayir'de sömüege karşıtı bir Fransız'ın gözünden yaşam ve Arap halkının durumu çok güzel anlatılıyor.
Seval Yılmaz Koşar
Sürgün ve Krallık, Albert Camus

1957 yılında yayımlanan Sürgün ve Krallık adlı öykü kitabında 6 öykü yer alıyor. Bu öykülerde genel olarak dini, siyasi ve felsefi motifler öne çıkıyor. Yeri geliyor İncil'e atıflarla Hristiyanlık dini sorunsallaştırılıyor, yeri geliyor Cezayir'in siyasi durumu (sömürge/bağımsızlık) irdeleniyor, yeri geliyor hayatın, ölümün ve doğanın absürtlüğü çerçevesinde absürt felsefe masaya yatırılıyor. Beni en çok etkileyen ö
Suha Hallab
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

A set of delicious appetizers. This book consists of 6 short stories that mostly talk about “the exile”, the exile not only of a man in a different country, but a man in alienation of himself or “spiritual exile”. Just like any of Camus’ books, this one is smooth, pure and true. 2 of the stories occur in the deserts of North Africa (mainly because the author lived in Algeria), one in Brazil and another in France. What I really love about Camus’ writings is the glimpses of hope within the indiffe
Oct 31, 2009 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
Le Matt
Jan 28, 2013 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,
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Onur Ovali
Aug 20, 2015 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...
Alexis Karahalios
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good collection of short stories, told with Camus' characteristic deep thought and meaning.
The reason I haven't got around to writing a review is due to the absurd amount of books in the world.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, own, reviewed, 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
William Thomas
Jul 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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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.” 24 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.” 11 likes
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