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Notebooks, 1951-1959, Volume 3 Paperback – 16 Oct 2010
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Ryan Bloom has superbly contextualized his highly readable translation of Camus's last working notebooks. His translator's note, a model of its kind, explains why he lets Camus's French echo through the English.--Marilyn Gaddis-Rose
From the moment that I am no longer more than a writer, I shall cease to write.' Camus declared this credo for himself in Carnete 1942-51. It is valid for all of us who write and is as passionately evident in this later collection of his notebooks written until the year of his death. He was a great writer, one of the few of his time, and is for all time; true to his convictions, more than a writer, a man who took on human responsibility in individual action for justice.--Nadine Gordimer
This is the intimate record the only one we have of the final years of Albert Camus. Years that should have been glorious, leading up to and including his Nobel Prize. But for Camus they were the saddest years. He had lost the ideological battle to his arch-enemy Jean-Paul Sartre, or at least he was meant to feel that he had. He was genuinely ill, acknowledging defeat from illness of a lifetime. Death his own is a leitmotiv running through this journal. He would of course die soon after writing these final pages. He died not because of his lungs but when a friend drove their automobile into a tree. Camus would have enjoyed the irony of this, for irony was another of his leitmotivs. Now we can be grateful that Camus put so much of his existence into his notebooks, grateful to his family for allowing them to be published, and to his publishers for giving them to us.--Herbert Lottman"
About the Author
Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. His most important works are The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, The Rebel, The Myth of Sisyphus, and Resistance, Rebellion, and Death. Ryan Bloom's writings and translations have appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Horizon Magazine, and the Arabesques Review. He also teaches English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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