"The Fall" is a 1956 novel by the French writer, Albert Camus. The novel was translated into English in 1957, a year after its first publishing in France. The novel takes place in Amsterdam and Paris and is told from the perspective of a man named Jean-Baptiste who speaks to you, the reader, directly.Jean-Baptiste is a former high-powered lawyer who left his practice when he had a … [Read more...]
Albert Camus was born on November 7th, 1913 in Drean, French Algeria. The son of a poor agricultural worker who died during World War I and a house cleaner, Camus had a difficult and poor childhood. Eventually, he was accepted into the University of Algiers on a football scholarship which he abruptly lost after contracting tuberculosis. Camus took odd jobs to pay for school and graduated in 1936 with a BA in philosophy.
In 1934, Camus met and married Simone Hie. They two were only married for a few months before infidelities on both sides caused them to separate. In 1935, Camus joined the French Communist Party but was expelled from the Party a year later for joining the Algerian People's Party for being a Trotskyite. He then became associated with the French anarchist movement. Camus began writing for anarchist magazines such as Le Libertaire, La revolution Proletarienne. He joined many protests during this time, including the workers uprising in Poznan, Poland, and the Hungarian Revolution.
In 1937, he began writing for a socialist paper called Alger-Republicain but later lost the job for reporting on the poor living conditions of peasants in Kabylie. In 1940, he was turned away by the French army because of his tuberculosis. That year, he married a pianist and mathematician named Francine Faure. Francine gave birth to twins named Jean and Catherine in 1945. Camus never fundamentally believed in the idea of marriage and argued against it passionately. He cheated on his wife with numerous mistresses sometimes in very public affairs.
In 1941, Camus began working for another newspaper and moved to Bordeaux with his family. He also began writing his first books. "The Stranger" was published in 1942, followed five years later by "The Plague" in 1947. In 1947, Camus founded the "Revolutionary Union Movement" a trade union movement. During the 1950's, he dedicated much of his time to working for UNESCO and human rights campaigns in Germany and Poland.
Camus' last novel during his lifetime was published in 1956. "The Fall" would go on to become one of his best-known novels. At the age of 44, Camus received the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was the second youngest person to ever receive the prize.
Camus died in a car accident in Villeblevin, France on January 4th, 1960 at the age of 46. The car was driven by his publisher and good friend, who passed away from his injuries five days later. More of Camus' works have been published posthumously, including "A Happy Death" in 1970 and "The First Man" in 1995, an unfinished autobiography that Camus was writing when he died.
The novel “The Plague” by Albert Camus is composed of 5 parts. The author told us the events happening during the plague in the city Oran on the Algerian coast that counts only 200.000 citizens.In the beginning we find out that the novel is a chronological diary. Notes by Jean Tarrou, one of the characters, are inserted into the novel. The name of the person will be revealed in the … [Read more...]
The Stranger is a novel with which Camus had his first success. It was influenced by Nietzsche and Sartre. The novel is showing us a meaningless and absurd life and how the humans drift apart from the world. Life is represented as a meaningless existence ruled by coincidences.The questionto which Camus seeks the answer is how to justify an existence in a meaningless world, better … [Read more...]