Albert Camus’ The Stranger captured my existential imagination during my junior year in high school. That was the time when Sartre’s Nausea was also on my top 10 list. Coming out of sophomore year with a heavy dose of Russian nihilism, I was truly up for the existential bareness that those of my age group were comfortable with.
I love this edition of The Stranger. The signature “Lionni” was branded on my consciousness. Years later, when Leo Lionni and I became friends, I told him of my love for this book and especially its cover art. Next thing I knew, he gave me the drawing. I thought I had lost it after various shuffles, but was ecstatic to find it sitting in a box along with the book itself.
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