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The Myth of Sisyphus

Albert Camus

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In this profound and moving philosophical statement, Camus poses the fundamental question: If human existence has no meaning, is life worth living?

'What I touch, what resists me - that is what I understand'


As Camus argues, if there is no God to give meaning to our lives, humans must take on that purpose themselves. This is our 'absurd' task, like Sisyphus condemned forever to roll a rock up a hill. Written during the bleakest days of the Second World War, The Myth of Sisyphus argues for an acceptance of reality that encompasses revolt, passion and, above all, liberty, gained through an awareness of pure existence.

This volume contains several other essays, including lyrical evocations of the sunlit cities of Algiers and Oran, the settings of his great novels The Outsider and The Plague. The writings in this volume are all, in their own way, hymns to the physical world and the elemental pleasures of living.

Translated by Justin O'Brien
With an afterword by James Wood

Translated by Justin O'brien
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 30 Mar 2000
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 11 mm
ISBN: 9780141182001

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