On Camus in Brazil: Mimesis and "The Growing Stone"

Lamb, Matthew (2010) On Camus in Brazil: Mimesis and "The Growing Stone". Crossroads, 4 2: 48-58.

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Author Lamb, Matthew
Title On Camus in Brazil: Mimesis and "The Growing Stone"
Journal name Crossroads
ISSN 1833-878X
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 48
End page 58
Total pages 11
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld, Australia
Publisher Crossroads
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This essay shows how mimesis – defined by Luiz Costa Lima as the production of
difference within an horizon of similarity – operates within the fiction of Albert Camus.
In particular, this essay focuses on Camus’ short story, “The Growing Stone,” published
in Exile and the Kingdom (1957). This story draws upon Camus’ 1949 trip to South America. The similarity between the story, “The Growing Stone”, and the events of Camus’ trip to Brazil has often been commented on by critics. But what is perhaps more interesting – and more pertinent to the purpose of this essay – is how the final story differs from the source material. For it is in this gap between the reality and the fiction whereby we can locate the operations of the imagination.
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