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Plague, Fall, Exile And The Kingdom And Selected Essays (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics) [Hardcover]

Albert Camus
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5 Aug 2004 Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics
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.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857152786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857152784
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. His childhood was poor, although not unhappy. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist as well as organizing the Théâtre de l'équipe, a young avant-garde dramatic group.

His early essays were collected in L'Envers et l'endroit (The Wrong Side and the Right Side) and Noces (Nuptials). He went to Paris, where he worked on the newspaper Paris Soir before returning to Algeria. His play, Caligula, appeared in 1939. His first two important books, L'Etranger (The Outsider) and the long essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), were published when he returned to Paris.

After the occupation of France by the Germans in 1941, Camus became one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement. He edited and contributed to the underground newspaper Combat, which he had helped to found. After the war he devoted himself to writing and established an international reputation with such books as La Peste (The Plague 1947), Les Justes (The Just 1949) and La Chute (The Fall; 1956). During the late 1950s Camus renewed his active interest in the theatre, writing and directing stage adaptations of William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun and Dostoyevsky's The Possessed. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was killed in a road accident in 1960.

His last novel, Le Premier Homme (The First Man), unfinished at the time of his death, appeared for the first time in 1994. An instant bestseller, the book received widespread critical acclaim, and has been translated and published in over thirty countries. Much of Camus's work is available in Penguin.

Sartre paid tribute to him in his obituary notice: 'Camus could never cease to be one of the principal forces in our cultural domain, nor to represent, in his own way, the history of France and of this century.'

(Image: Albert Camus in Oran. Private collection. Rights reserved.)

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A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A real bargain 14 Dec 2012
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If you want a really good edition of some of Camus' best works, this is it. Although I am a convert to Kindle, I couldn't resist this book. Apart from the content, the book itself, is a work of art; a beautiful, hardback edition. You will be hard pressed to find anything quite like this - at this price.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What is the meaning of life? For many, that question is an abstraction except in the context of being aware of losing some of the joys of life, or life itself. In The Plague, Camus creates a timeless tale of humans caught in the jaws of implacable death, in this case a huge outbreak of bubonic plague in Oran, Algeria on the north African coast. With the possibility of dying so close, each character comes to see his or her life differently. In a sense, we each get a glimpse of what we, too, may think about life in the last hours and days before our own deaths. The Plague will leave you with a sense of death as real rather than as an abstraction. Then by reflecting in the mirror of that death, you can see life more clearly.
For example, what role would you take if bubonic plague were to be unleashed in your community? Would you flee? Would you help relieve the suffering? Would you become a profiteer? Would you help maintain order? Would you withdraw or seek out others? These are all important questions for helping you understand yourself that this powerful novel will raise for you.
The book is described as objectively as possible by a narrator, who is one of the key figures in the drama. That literary device allows each of us to insert ourselves into the situation.
Let me explain the main themes. Love is expressed in many ways. There is the love of men and women for each other. Dr. Rieux's wife is ill, and has just left for treatment at a sanitarium. Rambert, a journalist on temporary assignment, is separated from his live-in girl friend in Paris. Dr. Rieux's mother comes to stay with him during his mother's absence, so there is also love of parent and child. The magistrate also loses his son to the plague after a desperate battle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value. 27 April 2014
By Joanne
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I was on a tight budget looking for a gift for my grandfather. He'd already read (and subsequently kept my copy of) The Outsider so I thought he might like to read more from Camus. It's just good value for money. It's hardback, well printed and contains three full books and some essays. I didn't expect it to look quite as impressive for the price but it looks and feels a lot more expensive than it is. Perfect gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection 22 Feb 2014
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This is an excellent collection containing all of Camus' greatest works, with the exception of the Outsider. It is beautifully produced and absolutely great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever bought 26 Feb 2013
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Bought this book after having being recommended to read Camus and I wasn't disappointed. Great read, especially for anyone who wishes to explore existentialism even further. The book itself is beautiful, a real piece of art that will have a treasured spot on my bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great *** 13 Jan 2013
By D
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everymans is everymans. Great, but I can't really think of sixteen more words to say so! I mean really! Really.
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