Kammer 1

Der Fall Meursault – Eine Gegendarstellung

Based on the novel by Kamel Daoud, among others in Farsi, Arabic and German, with English and German surtitles

Director: Amir Reza Koohestani


Nobel laureate Albert Camus’ novel “The Stranger” was published in 1942. It tells the story of the Frenchman Meursault who shoots an Algerian because the sun blinded him so badly. In Camus’ novel the man who was killed by Meursault has neither a name nor a history. He only appears in a few pages in order to serve Camus for developing his existentialist philosophy. The Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud now changes this and gives the victim a name. In his novel “The Meursault Investigation” he retells the story of “The Stranger” – from the viewpoint of the victim.
Daoud’s debut novel has created quite a stir in Germany as well as in Algeria and France. It raises questions about what forms the basis of Western European art and values and at whose expense they are lived. Now another perspective, another context is added: The internationally renowned stage director Amir Reza Koohestani from Iran brings his first production to the stage at the Kammerspiele by leaving and transgressing the purely post-colonial perspective. He strives to present general principles of suppression, re-appropriation and self-assertion. With the help of actors and actresses with Iranian, Lebanese, Latvian, Bulgarian, Swiss and German roots, he places Daoud’s novel in a multi-perspective language panorama.

With surtitles. For our seating recommendations please click here.

Premiere on 29. September 2016