Departed or Converted?
Two Tales of God-Talk on Death Row by Peter Maurice
He started talking to me about God again, but I didn't have much time left. I didn't want to waste it on God.
—Albert Camus, The Stranger
The words of a man on the eve of execution have a way of claiming attention. Albert Camus, in his famous first novel, The Stranger,certainly knew how to exploit the drama inherent in a condemned man's final musings. Many readers of this magazine who have encountered the novel in high-school and college literature courses will recall the fictional Meursault's soliloquy as he awaits the guillotine. Few, if any, will have heard of the real Spanish priest Pedro Tarres (1905–1950) and his visit to . . .
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