From one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of the twentieth centuryâtwo novels, six short stories, and a pair of essays in a single volume. In both his essays and his fiction, Albert Camus (1913â1960) de-ployed his lyric eloquence in defense against despair, providing an affirmation of the brave assertion of humanity in the face of a universe devoid of order or meaning.
The Plagueâwritten in 1947 and still profoundly relevantâis a riveting tale of horror, survival, and resilience in the face of a devastating epidemic. The Fall (1956), which takes the form of an astonishing confession by a French lawyer in a seedy Amsterdam bar, is a haunting parable of modern conscience in the face of evil. The six stories of Exile and the Kingdom (1957) represent Camus at the height of his narrative powers, masterfully depicting his charactersâfrom a renegade missionary to an adulterous wife âat decisive moments of revelation. Set beside their fictional counterparts, Camusâs famous essays âThe Myth of Sisyphusâ and âReflections on the Guillotineâ are all the more powerful and philosophically daring, confirming his towering place in twentieth-century thought.
About: Brings together a collection of the writer's novels, short stories, and essays, including 'The Plague,' a tale of survival and resilience in the face of a devastating epidemic, and 'The Fall,' in which a French lawyer makes an astonishing confession.
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