By Camus, Albert; Grégoire, Vincent; Herbeck, Jason
Albert Camus sustained a lifelong wisdom of and appreciation for what he termed le visage de ce monde-the face of this earth. This unique number of essays examines how topography stimulated Camus's knowing and expression of the human condition.
summary: Albert Camus sustained a lifelong understanding of and appreciation for what he termed le visage de ce monde-the face of this earth. This unique number of essays examines how topography stimulated Camus's knowing and expression of the human situation
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La terre ! Dans ce grand temple déserté par les dieux, toutes mes idoles ont des pieds d’argile. oc i, 137 While already recognizable in his early Carnets entries and his early lyrical essays, henceforth Camus adopted and adapted systematically the same reflective framework in his emerging and soon better known fictional and theatrical works: L’Étranger (1942), the plays Caligula and Le Malentendu during the same war period, La Peste (1947), two more plays in the late forties, L’État de siège and Les Justes, and the self-mocking novel La Chute (1956).
While, as a declared agnostic, Camus repeatedly stressed his tolerance and respect for true believers, he also thought Exiled In A Spiritual Geography 33 there exists a transcendence that is not vertical, from man to God, but paradoxically horizontal, from man to man. After the first two thematic stages of his work, the absurd and revolt, he projected a third stage devoted to love in, and of, this world as it is. At this point of his career, love had become the ultimate form of rebellion against the lack of meaning in this world—what he termed the absurd.
The implied ethical message is straightforward: simple life-preserving actions and words always have consequences. That seems to be, at once, Camus’s point of departure and arrival, the gps of his complex itinerary for a writer of widely read lyrical essays, plays, and fiction, as an author of influential philosophical essays who nevertheless forcefully rejected the label of philosopher, and, most influentially, who, as an intermittent journalist and brilliant editorialist, stirred up public emotions, first in his native Algeria, and later in post-war France when he provided his contemporaries with inspiring ethically-founded political guidance for the country’s difficult reconstruction.
A writer's topography : space and place in the life and works of Albert Camus by Camus, Albert; Grégoire, Vincent; Herbeck, Jason