|Cover, a Folio's edition|
|Portrait of F. Dostoevsky|
In Camus' most Dostoevskian work, La Chute, the tantalizing confession of a lifetime, echoes the spiritual dilemma and torturing distress of the Russian writer's anti-hero Kirillov, and the many themes revolving around meaninglessness and absurdity of human struggle, the interpretation of the myth of Christ, collective judgment and self-inflicted punishment, amongst others. In Camus' work though, Dostoevsky's many voices universe is irrevocably shattered and never to be recomposed.
The narrative voice of la Chute, the "juge penitent", is a true advocatus diaboli, weaving a spider web that slowly suffocates the reader's esprit and offers no alternative to despair and helplessness. The psychological probe of our individual fragility and the relentless criticism of a morally corrupted society leaves no hope for redemption, nor salvation. In Camus' thoroughly pessimistic words, a second opportunity is not possible, let alone desirable: "Il est trop tard, maintenant, il sera toujours trop tard. Heureusement!"