In the speech he gave upon accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus said that a writer "cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it." And in these twenty-three political essays, he demonstrates his commitment to history's victims, from the fallen maquis of the French Resistance to the casualties of the Cold War.
Resistance, Rebellion and Death displays Camus' rigorous moral intelligence addressing issues that range from colonial warfare in Algeria to the social cancer of capital punishment. But this stirring book is above all a reflection on the problem of freedom, and, as such, belongs in the same tradition as the works that gave Camus his reputation as the conscience of our century: The Stranger, The Rebel, and The Myth of Sisyphus.
Table of Contents
Letters to a German Friend
The Liberation of Paris The Blood of Freedom The Night of Truth
Pessimism and Tyranny Pessimism and Courage Defense of Intelligence
The Unbeliever and Christians
Defense of Freedom Bread and Freedom Homage to an Exile
Algeria Preface to Algerian Reports Letter to an Algerian Militant Appeal for a Civilian Truce Algeria 1958
Hungary Kadar Had His Day of Fear Socialism of the Gallows
Reflections of the Guillotine
The Artist and His Time The Wager of Our Generation Create Dangerously
About Albert Camus
Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger-- now one of the most widely read novels of this century-- in 1942. Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident.
"Resistance, Rebellion, and Death bears witness to the passionately scrupulous sense of responsibility which made Camus the kind of man and the kind of writer he was." —The Christian Science Monitor