‘The self-centred consciousness’ examines the notion of character, which was called into question in the thirty years after the Second World War. In literary theory and criticism as well as in political and social thought, the concept of persona, or central narrative character, became an object of much discussion and experimentation in the novel. In the works of Albert Camus the central characters do not fit into positive heroic positions within their society, but are outsiders, failures, or monsters. Samuel Beckett's protagonists likewise occupy the outsider position. The importance of place to character in the works of Marguerite Duras is examined.