Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Camus at 100

Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize-winning author, journalist, and philosopher who died in 1960, would have turned 100 on November 7th.

Camus was born in French Algeria in 1913 and died in the Burgandy region of France. Camus’ centenary is being celebrated widely in France. According to Publishing Perspectives, “Books have been published and re-issued and events are ongoing to commemorate one of the country’s preeminent intellectuals. From BD (graphic novels) to a film adapted from one of his short stories (starring Viggo Mortensen) Camus’s body of work provides endless inspiration and food for thought.”
Three years after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the French writer and political philosopher, Albert Camus, died in a car accident at age 47 along with his publisher, Michel Gallimard. The unfinished manuscript of what would become his posthumous novel Le Premier Homme (The First Man) was recovered from the wreckage.
The novel was finally published in 1994.

In 1957, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for “his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times.”

You can see a list of events planned for the centenary here.



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