Albert Camus: Solitude and Solidarity

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A biography in text and pictures of the highly influential, iconic writer, from his daughter

 

"My children and grandchildren never got to know him. I wanted to go through all the photos for their sake. To rediscover his laugh, his lack of pretension, his generosity, to meet this highly observant, warm-hearted person once more, the man who steered me along the path of life. To show, as Séverine Gaspari once wrote, that Albert Camus was in essence a 'person ...

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Overview

A biography in text and pictures of the highly influential, iconic writer, from his daughter

 

"My children and grandchildren never got to know him. I wanted to go through all the photos for their sake. To rediscover his laugh, his lack of pretension, his generosity, to meet this highly observant, warm-hearted person once more, the man who steered me along the path of life. To show, as Séverine Gaspari once wrote, that Albert Camus was in essence a 'person among people, who in the midst of them all, strove to become genuine.'"  —Catherine Camus Using selected texts, photographs, and previously unpublished documents, Catherine Camus skillfully and easily takes readers through the fascinating life and work of her father, Albert Camus, who, in his defense of the individual, also saw himself as the voice of the downtrodden. The winner of the Nobel prize for literature, Albert Camus died suddenly and tragically in 1960. He was only 46. There are rumors to this day that the Russian KGB was behind the car crash. Writer, journalist, philosopher, playwright, and producer, he was a shining defender of freedom, whose art and person were dedicated to serving the dignity in humanity. In his tireless struggle against all forms of repression, he was a ceaseless critic of humanity's hubris; the same struggle can still be felt today.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This handsome coffee-table book is presented like a photographic album, chronologically showing readers Albert Camus from his childhood through the 1960 car crash that killed him at age 46. Coedited by Camus's daughter, who is his literary executor, the photographs, many of them personal shots never before seen by the public and including images of related documents, are grouped into four chronological sections: Genesis, 1913–1936, The Awakening, 1937–1945, Rebellion, 1946–1951, and Solitude and Solidarity, 1952–1960. Each photograph is numbered to correspond with its description on the page, but the numbers on the photographs are sometimes difficult to find and connect to the brief captions. Each page offers a quote either from Camus or from others who knew him. VERDICT Overall the book offers readers glimpses of Camus, the man, from his activities and private life, but provides little or no insight into the writing for which he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. While general readers might enjoy the illustrated approach to this famed existentialist writer's life, the book unfortunately does not serve as an introduction to his work. Camus scholars might enjoy thumbing through it once, but would have no further need of it. Well done as a photograph album, but not recommended for specialists or academic collections. Public libraries may wish to consider.—Robert Ivey, Univ. of Memphis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783283011888
  • Publisher: Olms, Georg Verlag AG
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,416,283
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 13.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Catherine Camus is the executor of her father's estate.

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