The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

The Meursault Investigation

Kamel Daoud

Camus’s novel, The Outsider, portrayed the murder of ‘the Arab’ from the perspective of the killer, Meursault. Now, in this short novel, the reader learns who the unnamed Arab actually was through the voice of his troubled brother, Harun. Harun is an old man recounting the story of his brother’s death to an unnamed journalist in an Algerian bar. This sad story is an emotive one and I listened to Harun’s version of events with a heavy heart.


I’ve lived like a sort of ghost, observing the living as they bustle about in this big fishbowl. I’ve known the giddy feeling that comes with possessing an overwhelming secret, and that’s how I’ve walked around, with a kind of endless monologue in my head. There have certainly been moments when I had a terrible urge to shout out to the world that I was Musa’s brother and that we, Mama and I, were the only genuine heroes of that famous story, but who would have believed us? Who? What evidence could we offer? Two initials and a novel where no given name appears?

  • The Outsider by Albert Camus
  • The Lovers of Algeria by Anouar Benmalik

Books with similar mood

Children of the Jacaranda Tree

Sahar Delijani

The Last Pilot

Benjamin Johncock

A Possibility of Violence

D A Mishani

Alice and the Fly

James Rice

A Dreamer's Paradise

David Karanja

A Mouthful of Glass

Henk van Woerden

The Mountain Story

Lori Lansens

Dark Matter

Michelle Paver

Detective Story

Imre Kertesz

Boy A

Jonathan Trigell

The End of Innocence

Moni Mohsin

Small Country

Gaël Faye

The Other Child

Charlotte Link

The Last Kestrel

Jill McGivering


Karen Roberts

War and Turpentine

Stefan Hertmans


Amit Majmudar

The Auschwitz Violin

Maria Angels Anglada

The Lamplighter

Anthony O'Neill

The Last King of Scotland

Giles Foden

The Second Rider

Alex Beer

When All is Said

Anne Griffin

Echoes from the Dead

Johan Theorin

Fives and Twenty-Fives

Michael Pitre

The Unlucky Lottery

Hakan Nesser

Far North

Marcel Theroux

I'm Not Scared

Niccolo Ammaniti

The Fountain at the Centre of the World

Robert Newman

Always the Sun

Neil Cross

Fine Boys

Eghosa Imasuen

The Year of the Runaways

Sunjeev Sahota

Oil on Water

Helon Habila

American Rust

Philipp Meyer

The Sleeping Voice

Dulce Chacon

The Book of Gold Leaves

Mirza Waheed


Kent Haruf

Man Gone Down

Michael Thomas

Black Water Rising

Attica Locke

The Shadow Walker

Michael Walters

One Man's Justice

Akira Yoshimura

Purple Hibiscus

Chimamanda Adichie


Roger Hubank

When De Mark Buss

Geoffrey Philip and others

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad

Nobody Is Ever Missing

Catherine Lacey

A Meal in Winter

Hubert Mingarelli

The Shock of the Fall

Nathan Filer

Past the Shallows

Favel Parrett

The Sickness

Alberto Barrera Tyszka