The Meursault Investigation


Kamel Daoud

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A young woman, whom Harun and Mama notice watching them as they prepare to leave Algiers after Musa’s death. Harun comes to believe that she was Musa’s clandestine girlfriend, and that she is called Zubida, since he once heard Musa mutter the name in his sleep. It’s possible, although not certain, that a dispute over her honor led to the altercation with Meursault in which Musa was murdered. It’s also likely that Musa was secretive about his romantic relationships due to Mama’s jealousy and dislike of women who threaten her own importance in they eyes of her sons.
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Harun knows nothing about the woman Musa was involved with, but Harun heard Musa whisper “Zubida” in his sleep the night before his death, so Harun assumes that’s her name. After... (full context)