The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus


  • Release: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
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  • File: PDF, 208 page
  • ISBN: 9780141914176
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In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: Is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide? As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of death constantly overshadows us. Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, The Myth of Sisyphus argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, the settings of his great novels The Outsider and The Plague. Albert Camus is the author of a number of best-selling and highly influential works, all of which are published by Penguin. They include The Fall, The Outsider and The First Man. He is remembered as one of the few writers to have shaped the intellectual climate of post-war France, but beyond that, his fame has been international. Translated by Justin O'Brien With an Introduction by James Wood

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus


  • Release: 2018-11-06
  • Publisher: Vintage
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  • File: PDF, 160 page
  • ISBN: 9780525564454
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One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.

Summer in Algiers

Summer in Algiers


  • Release: 2005
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  • File: PDF, 54 page
  • ISBN: 0141022140
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In May 2005 Penguin will publish 70 unique titles to celebrate the company's 70th birthday. The titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality of the Penguin list and will hark back to Penguin founder Allen Lane's vision of good books for all'. three essays evoke different aspects of the place - the title essay The Minotaur and The Return to Tipasa.

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays


  • Release: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: GoodBook LLC
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  • File: PDF, 202 page
  • ISBN: 9633478634
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In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: is life worth living? If human existence holds no significance, what can keep us from suicide? As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our absurd task, like Sisyphus forever rolling his rock up a hill, as the inevitability of death constantly overshadows us. Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, "The Myth of Sisyphus" argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, and the settings of his great novels "The Outsider" and "The Plague". (goodreads.com) *** “In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion." “Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.” “Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.” “What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying.” “There is scarcely any passion without struggle.” *** A brilliant collection of essays concerning the aspect of Absurd-ism and its manifestations in art and literature, Portrayals of affection for summer cities, notes on the western civilization's spirit then and a short interview with Camus himself in which he discusses the artist's roles in shaping the events of his time. (Mohamed, goodreads.com) Most of my friends will probably think I'm being sarcastic when I call this as good a "self-help" book as any I can imagine, but this essay honestly inspired in me an awe of human nature and its absurd indomitability. (Yuval, goodreads.com) Classic for a reason. This book is a tonic for any agnostic or cynic struggling with the whole meaning-of-life thing. Camus, in a way that I find totally satisfying, solves that problem without the standard religious cop-ou

Resistance  Rebellion  and Death

Resistance Rebellion and Death


  • Release: 2012-10-31
  • Publisher: Vintage
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  • File: PDF, 288 page
  • ISBN: 9780307827852
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In the speech he gave upon accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus said that a writer "cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it." And in these twenty-three political essays, he demonstrates his commitment to history's victims, from the fallen maquis of the French Resistance to the casualties of the Cold War. Resistance, Rebellion and Death displays Camus' rigorous moral intelligence addressing issues that range from colonial warfare in Algeria to the social cancer of capital punishment. But this stirring book is above all a reflection on the problem of freedom, and, as such, belongs in the same tradition as the works that gave Camus his reputation as the conscience of our century: The Stranger, The Rebel, and The Myth of Sisyphus.

Lyrical and Critical Essays

Lyrical and Critical Essays


  • Release: 2012-10-31
  • Publisher: Vintage
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  • File: PDF, 384 page
  • ISBN: 9780307827784
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Edited by Philip Thody, translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy. "Here now, for the first time in a complete English translation, we have Camus' three little volumes of essays, plus a selection of his critical comments on literature and his own place in it. As might be expected, the main interest of these writings is that they illuminate new facets of his usual subject matter."--The New York Times Book Review "...a new single work for American readers that stands among the very finest."--The Nation

The Rebel

The Rebel


  • Release: 2012-09-19
  • Publisher: Vintage
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  • File: PDF, 320 page
  • ISBN: 9780307827838
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By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny. As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times. Translated from the French by Anthony Bower.

A Life Worth Living

A Life Worth Living


  • Release: 2013-11-07
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
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  • File: PDF, 236 page
  • ISBN: 9780674728370
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Exploring themes that preoccupied Albert Camus--absurdity, silence, revolt, fidelity, and moderation--Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled by the nobler names we assign to our actions, and who pushed himself, and those about him, to challenge the status quo. For Camus, rebellion against injustice is the human condition.