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By Albert Camus
Published by Vintage on 2018-11-06
PHILOSOPHY, FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors), LITERARY COLLECTIONS, BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY
One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus—featured here in a stand-alone edition—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.
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Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus, son of a working-'class family, was born in Algeria in 1913. He spent the early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked at various jobs'at the weather bureau, an automobile-accessory ? firm, a shipping company''to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. He then turned to journalism as a career. His report on the unhappy state of the Muslims of the Kabylie region aroused the Algerian government to action and brought him public notice. From 1935 to 1938, he ran the Th''tre de l''quipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, Dostoevsky, and others. During World War II, he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper. Camus was always very active in the theater, and several of his plays have been published and produced. His books, including The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and The Rebel, as well as his plays, have assured his preeminent position in modern French letters. In 1957 Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His sudden death on January 4, 1960, cut short the career of one of the most important literary figures of the Western world when he was at the very summit of his powers.
BY A L B E RT CA M U S Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957 Notebooks 1942''1951 (Carnets, janvier 1942''mars 1951) 1965 Notebooks 1935''1942 (Carnets, mai 1935''f'vrier 1942) 1963 Resistance, Rebellion, and Death (Actuelles''a selection) 1961 The Possessed (Les Poss'd's) 1960 Caligula and Three Other Plays (Caligula, Le Malentendu, L''tat de si'ge, Les Justes) 1958 Exile and the Kingdom (L'Exil et le Royaume) 1958 The Fall (La Chute) 1957 The Rebel (L'Homme R'volt') 1954 The Plague (La Peste) 1948 The Stranger (L''tranger) 1946
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Myth of Sisyphus Albert Camus Translated from the French by Justin O'Brien Vintage International Vintage Books A Division of Penguin Random House LLC New York
SECOND VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, NOVEMBER 2018 Copyright ? 1955, and copyright renewed 1983, by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, and distributed in Canada by Random House of Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published in France as Le Mythe de Sisyphe. Copyright ? 1942 by Librairie Gallimard. Originally published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, in 1955. Vintage is a registered trademark and Vintage International and colophon are trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. The Cataloging-'in-Publication ? Data is on file at the Library of Congress. Vintage International Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-'0-'525-'56445-'4 www.vintagebooks.com Printed in the United States of America 10? 9? 8? 7? 6? 5? 4? 3? 2? 1