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Although Camus is remembered more as a literary author than a philosopher, I think this work is fantastic. It's influenced me and my thinking more than any other author (apart from perhaps Nietzsche and George Steiner). Because Camus is such a wonderful author it is also not a particularly difficult read, as opposed to, say, Sartre's philo­sophical works (I do like Being and Nothingness, but he's really overdoing it), which makes it accessible for those who have not been educated in philosophy as well. The subject matter is also interesting for just about everything, which makes this altogether a pretty much perfect book.

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This humanist essay is supremely challenging in the concepts and ideas it covers (From Nietzsche to Russian Nihilism) but is well worth the effort. Camus' writing style is academic, but without much of the jargon and dryness one would usually expect from a member of the intelligentsia. If you're new to Camus, ‘The Rebel’ wouldn't be your ideal starting point. I would thoroughly recommend reading his first novel: ‘The Stranger’ (Sometimes translated as ‘The Outsider’) first – An accessible, yet life changing, remarkable piece of literature. As with anything the Nobel prize winning Camus has written, expect to be challenged.

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"The Rebel" is Camus's attempt to understand the time 'I live in' and a brilliant essay on the nature of human revolt. Published in 1951, it makes a daring critique of communism, how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain, and the resulting totalitarian regimes. It questions two events held sacred by the left wing, the French Revolution of 1789 and the Russian Revolution of 1917 that had resulted, he believed, in terrorism as a political instrument. In this towering intellectual document, Camus argues that hope for the future lies in revolt, which unlike revolution is a spontaneous response to injustice, and a chance to achieve change without giving up collective and intellectual freedom.

Author Biography

Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. His childhood was poor, although not unhappy. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist as well as organizing the Theatre de l'equipe, a young avant-garde dramatic group. His early essays were collected in L'Envers et l'endroit (The Wrong Side and the Right Side) and Noces (Nuptials). He went to Paris, where he worked on the newspaper Paris Soir before returning to Algeria. His play, Caligula, appeared in 1939. His first two important books, L'Etranger (The Outsider) and the long essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), were published when he returned to Paris. After the occupation of France by the Germans in 1941, Camus became one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement. He edited and contributed to the underground newspaper Combat, which he had helped to found. After the war he devoted himself to writing and established an international reputation with such books as La Peste, (The Plague; 1947), Les Justes, (The Just; 1949) and La Chute (The Fall; 1956).
Release date NZ
December 7th, 2000
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Contributors
Introduction by Olivier Todd Translated by Anthony Bower
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Pages
272
Dimensions
129x198x16
ISBN-13
9780141182018
Product ID
1651611

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