Jean-Baptiste Clamence (a pseudonym)
A French ex-patriot who spends his time at a seedy bar in Amsterdam awaiting anyone who will listen to his tale of corruption and its concomitant philosophical musing. Using his considerable natural gifts, he can charm anyone to his purposes, and with his tremendous self-love, has no compunction about doing so.
Nameless and silent, he is a French ex-patriot and lawyer of approximately the same age and middle class background - stands in as a cipher for all of modern mankind with what the narrator sees as its weaknesses and defects.
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