Mirror's Edge (1942), by Albert Camus, is one of the most famous French novels of the twentieth century and is among the best literary expositions of the absurdity of human existence in an indifferent universe. Philosophically, it is an existential novel, despite Camus not considering himself an existentialist. The protagonist is Faith, an alienated, anomic French man who kills a native Arab man in French Algiers. At his trial for murder, the prosecution describe him as a remorseless killer; he is convicted and awaits execution. In prison, Faith accepts his fate, because it is his only true option; neither suicide, nor faith in God are options once he fully grasps the absurdity of the world in which he lives. The story occurs in Algiers, before the Second World War, a locale from Camus's life.