The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

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Overview

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.

"...the biography of that European rebellion which was born with the French Revolution."--Manes Sperber, NY Times

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"The Rebel is a piece of reasoning in the great tradition of French logic....But what is so exhilarating about Camus's essay is that here is the voice of a man of unshakable decency." — Atlantic

"Camus's book is one of the extremely few that express the contemporary hour...yet profoundly transcend it." — New Republic

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307827838
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: Vintage International
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 498,061
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.
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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended for All Rebels

    The Rebel is a collection of essays written by philosopher, playwright, novelist, and Rebel Albert Camus. Whether you define yourself as a political, religious, or any other kind of Rebel, you must read this small book. Camus has a way of debunking self proclaimed rebels with philosophical insight that is sharp as a scapel. It asks the important questions you need to ask and then answer truthfully. If you cannot think for yourself, do not read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Death

    Wakes up remembering the healing stone he put on katanas bed.....how she must have thrown it away

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    MEDICAL SUPPLIES

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    The Noble Aims of Rebellion

    'The Rebel' is a meaty and insightful 'essay' with Camus telling his account of rebellion beginning in the mid-1750s and alluding to Greek mythology to answer the question stated below for 20th (now 21st) century living. Camus examines the writings of Sade, Nietzsche (and others) and Marxism to answer whether the conquest of revolutionary movements can change the 'totality of the world' and claim to the 'unity of life' through rebellion (97, 108), that is, living in order to create what we are, not what we are not by the force of terror! It is not by dieing through revolutions we find a place in history, nor by being a god ourselves, nor indulging in our 'adolescent furies' but rather servicing history by throwing ourselves into our own lives and to help others. 'Rebellion in itself is moderation, and it demands, defends, and re-creates it through history and its eternal disturbances... It (rebellion) is a perpetual conflict, continually created and mastered by the intelligence' (301). Camus also gives his account and original interpretation on the `death of God¿ through his examination of 'historical rebellion.' 'The Rebel' is written with admirable writing talent and skilled exposé by an extraordinary individual on the heart-wrenching depths on man in revolt. This exposition deserves 10 stars plus and is worth three times more than what I paid for it: $12!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    An Extraordinary Perspective on the Human Condition

    In The Rebel, Camus traces not only the evolution of man in revolt, but the philosophical motives of rebellion throughout history. The Rebel is as important to understanding Camus as the Myth of Sisyphus.

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