Plague, Fall, Exile And The Kingdom And Selected Essays
Once overshadowed by Sartre, Camus has proved the more durable of
the two most celebrated French writer-philosophers of the last
century. This collection of his work makes the reasons for his
survival self-evident. In prose of bleak but piercing clarity,
Camus cuts to the heart of each story he tells. After The Outsider
(also published in Everyman) The Plague is his most powerful novel,
at once an account of heroic attempts to contain an epidemic in
Algeria and a parable of the human condition. In The Fall a
once-successful Parisian lawyer tells his own tale of decline and
self-discovery, Exile and the Kingdom collect together a number of
short stories which explore the existentialist predicament from
various viewpoints. This volume also contains two important essays
- The Myth of Sisyphus and Reflections on the Guillotine - which
reflect on the themes developed in the fiction.
Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger-- now one of the most widely read novels of this century-- in 1942. Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident.