February 22, 2017

A writer's topography : space and place in the life and by Camus, Albert; Grégoire, Vincent; Herbeck, Jason

By Camus, Albert; Grégoire, Vincent; Herbeck, Jason

Albert Camus sustained a lifelong understanding of and appreciation for what he termed le visage de ce monde-the face of this earth. This unique number of essays examines how topography stimulated Camus's realizing and expression of the human condition.

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In 1942, Le Mythe de Sisyphe was prematurely and wrongly interpreted by some as an encouragement to suicide because of its focus on absurdity in the darkest hours of ww ii. In 1952, L’Homme révolté received a mostly negative reception by the intelligentsia of the French left, in part because the essay allegedly dealt with philosophical issues unprofessionally without using sources properly (read Hegel, Marx and Lenin) or, worse yet, misinterpreting them to benefit the essay’s preconceived conclusions.

They ranged from the creation and direction of a student theater (he would even name its second incarnation in 1937 “Théâtre de l’Équipe”) to the directorship of a prestigious Parisian theater that only his car accident prevented him from assuming, from several menial jobs to various journalistic and editorial offices, first in Algiers, later in France in the course of which he rose with astonishing alacrity from apprentice journalist in his North African hometown to editor in chief of an influential Parisian daily that he helped to create.

Ce sont alors des plateaux couverts d’asphodèles, peuplés de petites villas nues, au milieu des fleurs. La mer gronde un peu, en contre-bas. Déjà, pourtant, le soleil, le vent, la blancheur des asphodèles, le bleu cru du ciel, tout laisse imaginer l’été, la jeunesse dorée qui couvre alors la plage, les longues heures sur le sable et la douceur subite des soirs. Chaque année, sur ces rivages, c’est une nouvelle moisson de filles fleurs. Apparemment, elles n’ont qu’une saison. L’année suivante, d’autres corolles chaleureuses les remplacent qui, l’été d’avant, étaient encore des petites filles aux corps durs comme des bourgeons.

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