Albert Camus, La Chute [The Fall]

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La Chute


The Fall

] (1956) is Camus’s third work of fiction. He termed it “


”, a narrative recounted by a character (as were



The Outsider

] and

La Peste


The Plague

]). Camus did not call anything he wrote a “novel”, until

Le Premier Homme

[The First Man], the book he was working on when he died.

La Chute

differs from most of his work as it was written over a short period of time, with fewer revisions than he typically made, and was not part of the original plan that he envisaged when he was starting his literary career. While it continues many of the themes of his earlier work,

La Chute

is also a response to what happened in his political and personal life after the publication of

L’Homme révolté


The Rebel

] (1951).

Jean-Baptiste Clamence, the narrator of

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Citation: King, Adele. "La Chute". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 February 2011 [, accessed 23 February 2024.]

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