Notebooks, 1951-1959

Notebooks, 1951-1959

Book - 2008
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Withheld from publication in France for twenty-nine years after his death, and now in English for the first time, Camus's final journals give us our rawest and most intimate glimpse yet into one of the most important voices of French letters and twentieth-century literature. The first two volumes of his Notebooks began as simple instruments of his work; this final volume, recorded over the last nine years of his life, take on the characteristics of a more personal diary. Fearing that his memory was beginning to fail him, Camus noted here his reactions to the polemics stirred by The Rebel, his feelings about the Algerian War, his sojourns in Greece and Italy, thinly veiled observations on his wife and lovers, heartaches over his family, and anxiety over the Nobel Prize that he was awarded in 1957. As in the earlier Notebooks, we see here also the birth of some of Camus's greatest works: The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and his unfinished masterpiece, The First Man. His gorgeous travel descriptions, his political observations, and his philosophical musings are the most appealing features of these recorded thoughts. Notebooks 1951-1959 completes one of the most important set of literary "working papers" of the past century. Ryan Bloom's sensitive translation was shortlisted for the French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation translation prize for nonfiction.
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2008.
ISBN: 9781566637756
Branch Call Number: 848 CAM
Characteristics: xix, 264 p. ; 23 cm.


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Apr 03, 2018

" In the third and final volume of Camus' notebooks, only the very first CAHIER was made into a typescript while the author was still alive." " Intellectuals for progress: they are the dialectician's knitting wives. With every head that falls, they rethread the stitches of reasoning torn out by the facts." " The two greatest minds the heavens gave to the Romans committed suicide." " In the world there is, parallel to the force of death and constraint, an enormous force of persuasion called culture."

Sep 24, 2016

Insightful, sensitive, and intelligently judges a wide array of things. Every page has an aphorism. Some have little jewels of humane wisdom: "History is a long crime perpetrated by the innocent." (pg. 108).

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