"Nine months after the end of the Second World War, Camus crossed the Atlantic on the SS Oregon to New York, traveling between 'continents gone mad, ' as he put it. Three years later, he journeyed via Dakar to South America. This attractively illustrated new translation of the journals from those trips shows us an intensely curious, often solemn, and sometimes witty Camus as he attempts to understand the cultures he was encountering. As Alice Kaplan explains in her Introduction, the travel logs are an invitation to 'see the Americas, as if for the first time, through his eyes, ' They also chart the writer's transition towards literary celebrity and reveal the private doubts and needs that troubled him."– "Edward J. Hughes, author of 'Albert Camus'"