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A Life Worth Living
Author: Robert Zaretsky

ISBN: 9780674724761
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 23 October 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.7 x 2.4
Description:
In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Albert Camus declared that a writer's duty is twofold: "the refusal to lie about what one knows and the resistance against oppression." These twin obsessions help explain something of Camus' remarkable character, which is the overarching subject of this sympathetic and lively book. Through an exploration of themes that preoccupied Camus--absurdity, silence, revolt, fidelity, and moderation--Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled by the nobler names we assign to our actions, and who pushed himself, and those about him, to challenge the status quo. Though we do not face the same dangers that threatened Europe when Camus wrote "The Myth""of Sisyphus" and "The Stranger," we confront other alarms. Herein lies Camus' abiding significance.

Reading his work, we become more thoughtful observers of our own lives. For Camus, rebellion is an eternal human condition, a timeless struggle against injustice that makes life worth living. But rebellion is also bounded by self-imposed constraints--it is a noble if impossible ideal. Such a contradiction suggests that i...

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