The Plague, the Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays

The Plague, the Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays

Details

Author(s)
Albert Camus
Format
Hardback | 656 pages
Dimensions
133 x 210 x 32mm | 336g
Publication date
17 Aug 2004
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Imprint
Everyman's Library USA
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
ISBN10
1400042550
ISBN13
9781400042555
Bestsellers rank
67,034

Description

From one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of the twentieth century-two novels, six short stories, and a pair of essays in a single volume. In both his essays and his fiction, Albert Camus (1913--1960) 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 Plague-written in 1947 and still profoundly relevant-is 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 characters-from a renegade missionary to an adulterous wife -at decisive moments of revelation. Set beside their fictional counterparts, Camus's famous essays "The Myth of Sisyphus" and "Reflections on the Guillotine" are all the more powerful and philosophically daring, confirming his towering place in twentieth-century thought.


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