Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.br>br>Inspired by the myth of a man condemned to ceaselessly push a rock up a mountain and watch it roll back to the valley below, The Myth of Sisyphus transformed twentieth-century philosophy with its impassioned argument for the value of life in a world without religious meaning.>
Offers a portrayal of a man who has glimpsed the hollowness of his existence. But beyond depicting one man's disillusionment, this novel exposes the universal human condition and its absurdities - and our innocence that, once lost, can never be recaptured.
Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, this volume argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty. It also contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, and the settings of other novels, such as "The Outsider" and "The Plague".
An ordinary man is unwittingly caught up in a senseless murder in Algeria
Discovered in the wreckage of car accident in which the author died in 1960, this work gives insights into his life and the themes underlying his work.
In many ways this work can be seen as a first sketch for Camus's renowned early novel, "The Outsider", but it can also be viewed as a candid self-portrait, drawing on Camus's memories of his youth, travels and early relationships.
Explores the dilemma of being an outsider - even in one's own country - and of allegiance. This work aims to evoke beautiful but harsh landscapes, whether the shimmering deserts of Algeria or the wild, mysterious jungles of Brazil.