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ISBN-10: 1780234937
ISBN-13: 9781780234939
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/15/2015
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H

Albert Camus

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Winner of the Franco-British Society Literary Prize 2015

Few figures of twentieth-century French culture carry such an air of romance and intrigue as Albert Camus. Though his life was cut short by a fatal car accident in 1960, when he was just forty-six years old, he packed those years with an incredible amount of experience and accomplishment. This new entry in the Critical Lives series offers a fresh look at Camus’ life and work, from his best-selling novels like The Stranger to his complicated political engagement in a postwar world of intensifying ideological conflict. Edward Hughes offers a particularly nuanced exploration of Camus’ relationship to his native Algeria–a connection whose strength would be tested in the 1950s as France’s conflict with the anticolonial movement there became increasingly violent and untenable.

Ultimately, the picture Hughes offers is of a man whose commitment to ideas and truth reigned supreme, whether in his fiction, journalism, or political activity, a commitment that has led the man who disclaimed leadership–“I do not guide anyone,” he once pleaded–to nonetheless be seen as a powerful figure and ethical force.

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"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"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1780234937
ISBN-13: 9781780234939
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 09/15/2015
Dimensions: 7.80" L, 5.00" W, 0.60" H
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