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Possessed, The

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THEPOSSESSED
 A Playin Three Parts
ALBERT CAMUS
Translated from the French by
JUSTIN O'BRIENALFRED A. KNOPF
 
L. C. catalog card number: 60-7296© Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., i960
THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK,PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF, INC.
Copyright i960 by A
LFRED
A. K 
 NOPF
,
INC
. Allrights reserved. No part of this book may be re- produced in any form without permission in writ-ing from the publisher, except by a reviewer whomay quote brief passages in a review to be printedin a magazine or newspaper. Manufactured in theUnited States of America. Published simultane-ously in Canada by McClelland & Stewart, Ltd.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION
Originally published in French as
LES
 
POSSEDES
.© 1959, Librairie Gallimard.
 
FOREWORD
T
HE
P
OSSESSED
 
is one of the four or five works that 1 rank above all others. In many ways I can claimthat I grew up on it and took sustenance from it. For almost twenty years, in any event, 1 have vis-ualized its characters on the stage. Besides having the stature of dramatic characters, they have theappropriate behavior, the explosions, the swift and disconcerting gait. Moreover, Dostoevsky uses atheater technique in his novels: he works throughdialogues with few indications as to place and ac-tion. A man of the theater 
 — 
whether actor, director,or author 
 — 
always finds in him all the suggestionshe needs. And now
T
HE
P
OSSESSED
 
has reached the stageafter several years of labor and persistence. And yet  I am well aware of all that separates the play fromthat amazing novel! I merely tried to follow thebook's undercurrent and to proceed as it does from satiric comedy to drama and then to tragedy. Boththe original and the dramatic adaptation start froma certain realism and endup in tragic stylization. As for the rest, I tried, amidst this vast, preposterous, panting world full of outbursts and scenes of vio-

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