The works of French author Albert Camus to read

Taking a deep detour into the human mind and life, his work is a must

Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. Camus’ writing career began with Word War II when he joined the French Resistance as editor-in-chief at Combat, an outlawed newspaper. However, Camus’s first publication was a play called Révolte dans les Asturies (Revolt in the Asturias) that was written in May 1936. The subject of the play was the 1934 revolt by Spanish miners resulting in 1,500 to 2,000 deaths. A year later, he wrote his first book, L’Envers et l’Endroit (Betwixt and Between), also translated as The Wrong Side and the Right Side. Here is presenting some interesting reads by Albert Camus.

A Happy Death

Original title La mort heureuse, the book explores the topic of ‘will to happiness’. It further explores the conscious creation of one’s happiness and the need for time to do so. The matter for the book is drawn from the memories of the author, including his job at the maritime commission in Algiers, his suffering from tuberculosis, and his travels in Europe. Camus has finished working on the novel between 1936 and 1938 but decided to not publish it. It was eventually published over 11 years after the author’s death in 1971. Written in the third person, it was Camus’ first novel with just over 100 pages and consists of two parts. Part 1 is titled Natural death, and Part 2 is titled Conscious death.

The First Man

French name Le Premier Homme, this is Albert Camus’ unfinished final novel. This was the novel Camus was working on when he met with a car accident, and the book was left incomplete. However, the incomplete manuscript of The First Man, which is an autobiographical novel, was later transcribed by his daughter and published in 1994. It is believed that Camus hoped this book would be his masterpiece, and soon after publishing, some critics agreed with his view. The critics praised the physical intensity and uninhibited psychology of boyhood in his unfinished work as noteworthy.

Exile and the Kingdom

French name L’exil et le Royaume, this is a 1957 book of collection of six short stories with an underlying theme of human loneliness, feeling foreign and isolated in one’s own society. To express his point, the author has written about the outsiders living in Algeria.

At the age of 44, Albert Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the second-youngest recipient in history. His other works include The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Fall, and The Rebel.

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