Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mersault says...

'Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don't know. I got a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Failthfully yours.' That doesn't mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday.'

- Mersault (Opening paragraph of The Stranger, Albert Camus, 1942, translated from French to English by Matthew Ward, 1988)

Note:

'Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J'ai reçu un télégramme de l'asile: Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. Cela ne veut rien dire. C'était peut-être hier' - original by Albert Camus

'Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday, I don't know. I had a telegram from the home: 'Mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow. Yours sincerely.' That doesn't mean anything. It may have been yesterday.' - translated by Joseph Laredo, 1982

'Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can't be sure. The telegram from the Home says: Your mother passed away. Funeral tomorrow. Deep sympathy. Which leaves the matter doubtful; it could have been yesterday.' - translated by Stuart Gilbert, 1946

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