Hemingway’s Influence on Camus: The Iceberg as Topography
Discusses the influence of Hemingway’s theory of omission on Camus’s first novel, L‘Étranger (1942), drawing on numerous stylistic connections with The Sun Also Rises. Stoltzfus argues that ideas of the absurd, alienation, and death found in Camus’s earlier philosophical Le Mythe de Sisyphe (1942) constitute the iceberg’s seven-eighths while the tip is found in the compressed descriptions of landscape and character behavior of his complementary L‘Étranger. Concludes that in his adoption of Hemingway’s style, Camus successfully conveys the feelings and state of mind of his protagonist, Meursault.
A Writer’s Topography: Space and Place in the Life and Works of Albert Camus