"Though a latecomer to this literary and political tempest, Hughes's short book is nevertheless a welcome arrival. . . . Hughes has written a concise and cogent account of Camus's life and writings. Unlike many of his biographers, Hughes maintains an admirable critical distance from his subject. With his even language, his balanced summaries and mostly fair analyses, he avoids the appearance of parti pris. . . . The territory Hughes covers is well travelled, yet he brings to light telling details and offers readings missed by many other biographers. . . . Clearly written and well researched, Hughes's book offers a solid introduction to Camus's life and work."– "Times Literary Supplement"