These six stories display Albert Camus at the height of his powers. From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives and tones, they depict people at decisive moments of revelation. A wife betrays her huband to give herself to the desert night. A renegade missionary is brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish. A carefree artist is caught between society's values and his own private yearning. Whether set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, these classic stories share a single theme: modern man, condemned by nature and circumstances to spiritual exile, ever seeks an inner kingdom in which to be reborn.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, Carol Cosman’s new translation recovers a literary treasure for our time.
“[The stories] invite comparison with Camus's best work.” —Nation
“Thoroughly engrossing” —The New York Times
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Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. He spent the early years of his life in North Africa, where he worked at various jobs—in a weather bureau, in an automobile supply firm, in a shipping company—to help pay for his courses at the University of Algiers. He went on to become a journalist, and from 1935 to 1938 he ran the Theatre de l’Equipe, a theatrical company that produced plays by Malraux, Gide, Synge, Dostoyevsky, and others. During World War II he was one of the leading writers of the French Resistance and editor of Combat, then an important underground newspaper. His fiction, including The Stranger, The Plague, The Fall, and Exile and the Kingdom; his philosophical essays, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel; and his plays have assured his preeminent position in modern letters. In 1957 Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident.