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The Resource Albert Camus, elements of a life, Robert Zaretsky

Albert Camus, elements of a life, Robert Zaretsky

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Albert Camus, elements of a life
Title
Albert Camus, elements of a life
Statement of responsibility
Robert Zaretsky
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Language
eng
Summary
"Like many others of my generation, I first read Camus in high school. I carried him in my backpack while traveling across Europe, I carried him into (and out of) relationships, and I carried him into (and out of) difficult periods of my life. More recently, I have carried him into university classes that I have taught, coming out of them with a renewed appreciation of his art. To be sure, my idea of Camus thirty years ago scarcely resembles my idea of him today. While my admiration and attachment to his writings remain as great as they were long ago, the reasons are more complicated and critical."--Robert Zaretsky On October 16, 1957, Albert Camus was dining in a small restaurant on Paris's Left Bank when a waiter approached him with news: the radio had just announced that Camus had won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Camus insisted that a mistake had been made and that others were far more deserving of the honor than he. Yet Camus was already recognized around the world as the voice of a generation-a status he had achieved with dizzying speed. He published his first novel, The Stranger, in 1942 and emerged from the war as the spokesperson for the Resistance and, although he consistently rejected the label, for existentialism. Subsequent works of fiction (including the novels The Plague and The Fall), philosophy (notably, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel), drama, and social criticism secured his literary and intellectual reputation. And then on January 4, 1960, three years after accepting the Nobel Prize, he was killed in a car accident. In a book distinguished by clarity and passion, Robert Zaretsky considers why Albert Camus mattered in his own lifetime and continues to matter today, focusing on key moments that shaped Camus's development as a writer, a public intellectual, and a man. Each chapter is devoted to a specific event: Camus's visit to Kabylia in 1939 to report on the conditions of the local Berber tribes; his decision in 1945 to sign a petition to commute the death sentence of collaborationist writer Robert Brasillach; his famous quarrel with Jean-Paul Sartre in 1952 over the nature of communism; and his silence about the war in Algeria in 1956. Both engaged and engaging, Albert Camus: Elements of a Life is a searching companion to a profoundly moral and lucid writer whose works provide a guide for those perplexed by the absurdity of the human condition and the world's resistance to meaning
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Is part of
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
E7B
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1955-
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Zaretsky, Robert
Dewey number
848/.91409
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PQ2605.A3734
LC item number
Z97 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Camus, Albert
  • French literature
  • Camus, Albert
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • French literature
Label
Albert Camus, elements of a life, Robert Zaretsky
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Regarding Camus -- 1939, from County Mayo to Kabylia -- 1945, a moralist on the barricades -- 1952, French tragedies -- 1956, silence follows
Control code
726824221
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 181 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460296
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460296
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22573/ctt4qzs5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824221
Label
Albert Camus, elements of a life, Robert Zaretsky
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Regarding Camus -- 1939, from County Mayo to Kabylia -- 1945, a moralist on the barricades -- 1952, French tragedies -- 1956, silence follows
Control code
726824221
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 181 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801460296
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7591/9780801460296
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt4qzs5
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)726824221

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