New Release Books by Albert Camus

Albert Camus is the author of Travels in the Americas (2023), Speaking Out (2022), The Plague (2022), The Stranger (2021), Committed Writings (2020) and other 206 books.

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Travels in the Americas

release date: Apr 05, 2023
Travels in the Americas
"The French writer Albert Camus is best known for his novels and philosophical works, which are among the most influential of the twentieth century. But his journals, which he kept from 1935 to 1959, offer an intimate glimpse into his thinking at its most personal. Beautifully retranslated by Ryan Bloom and supplemented by an introduction by Alice Kaplan, Travels in the Americas presents the journals that Camus wrote during his eventful visits to the United States in 1946 and to South America in 1949. When Camus sailed to the US in 1946, he was virtually unknown to American audiences. All that was about to change-The Stranger, his first book translated into English, was about to be published, and he would soon be a literary star. By 1949, when he set out for South America, Camus was an international celebrity. Camus''s journals from these two trips record his impressions, frustrations, and longings. Here are his vivid first impressions of New York City, his encounters with publishers and critics and assorted shipmates. Camus appears unguarded, his fallibility on full display. He is irritated by mediocrity and frustrated by his health. Yet he is also moved to rapture by landscapes, by women, or simply by the bounty of his own philosophical imagination. Long unavailable in English and now freshly translated and annotated, these journals let readers walk beside the existentialist thinker as he experiences the changes in his own life and in the world around him, openly describing his passions and preoccupations on the way, all in his inimitable style"--

Speaking Out

release date: Feb 15, 2022
Speaking Out
The Nobel Prize winner''s most influential and enduring lectures and speeches, newly translated by Quintin Hoare, in what is the first English language publication of this collection. Albert Camus (1913-1960) is unsurpassed among writers for a body of work that animates the wonder and absurdity of existence. Speaking Out: Lectures and Speeches, 1938-1958 brings together, for the first time, thirty-four public statements from across Camus''s career that reveal his radical commitment to justice around the world and his role as a public intellectual. From his 1946 lecture at Columbia University about humanity''s moral decline, his 1951 BBC broadcast commenting on Britain''s general election, and his strident appeal during the Algerian conflict for a civilian truce between Algeria and France, to his speeches on Dostoevsky and Don Quixote, this crucial new collection reflects the scope of Camus''s political and cultural influence.

The Plague

release date: Oct 25, 2022
The Plague
“We can finally read the work as Camus meant it to be read. Laura Marris’s new translation of The Plague is, quite simply, the translation we need to have.” —Los Angeles Review of Books The first new translation of The Plague to be published in the United States in more than seventy years, bringing the Nobel Prize winner''s iconic novel ("A redemptive book, one that wills the reader to believe, even in a time of despair." —The Washington Post) to a new generation of readers. The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation, and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr. Rieux, resist the terror. An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France''s suffering under the Nazi occupation, as well as a timeless story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence. In this fresh yet careful translation, award-winning translator Laura Marris breathes new life into Albert Camus''s ever-resonant tale. Restoring the restrained lyricism of the original French text, and liberating it from the archaisms and assumptions of the previous English translation, Marris grants English readers the closest access we have ever had to the meaning and searing beauty of The Plague. This updated edition promises to add relevance and urgency to a classic novel of twentieth-century literature.

The Stranger

release date: Jul 13, 2021
The Stranger
hrough the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in English in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward. opsis 2: The Stranger is the enigmatic first novel by Albert Camus, published in French as L''Étranger in 1942. It was published as The Outsider in England and as The Stranger in the United States. Camus utilized The Stranger as a platform to explore absurdity, a concept central to his writings and at the core of his treatment of questions about the meaning of life. Camus''s concept of the absurd instead implored people to accept life''s lack of meaning and rebel by rejoicing in what life does offer. Elements of this philosophy can be seen in the protagonist, Meursault, as he refuses to behave as if there is meaning where there is none-or, as Camus himself put it in a preface to The Stranger, Meursault "does not play the game." Society thus feels threatened and cuts off Meursault''s head. Similar themes can be seen in Camus''s essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), also published in 1942. About the Author ALBERT CAMUS was born in Mondovi, Algeria, in 1913. After winning a degree in philosophy, he worked at various jobs, ending up in journalism. In the thirties he ran a theatrical company, and during the war was active in the French Resistance, editing an important underground paper, Combat. Among his major works are four widely praised works of fiction, The Stranger (1946), The Plague (1948), The Fall (1957), and Exile and the Kingdom (1958); a volume of plays, Caligula and Three Other Plays (1958); and two books of philosophical essays, The Rebel (1954) and The Myth of Sisyphus (1955), both of which are available in the Vintage series. Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He was killed in an automobile accident on January 4, 1960.

Committed Writings

release date: Aug 04, 2020
Committed Writings
The Nobel Prize winner''s most influential and enduring political writings, newly curated and introduced by acclaimed Camus scholar Alice Kaplan. Albert Camus (1913-1960) is unsurpassed among writers for a body of work that animates the wonder and absurdity of existence. Committed Writings brings together, for the first time, thematically-linked essays from across Camus''s writing career that reflect the scope of his political thought. This pivotal collection embodies Camus''s radical and unwavering commitment to upholding human rights, resisting fascism, and creating art in the service of justice.

Personal Writings

release date: Aug 04, 2020
Personal Writings
The Nobel Prize winner''s most influential and enduring personal writings, newly curated and introduced by acclaimed Camus scholar Alice Kaplan. Albert Camus (1913-1960) is unsurpassed among writers for a body of work that animates the wonder and absurdity of existence. Personal Writings brings together, for the first time, thematically-linked essays from across Camus''s writing career that reflect the scope and depth of his interior life. Grappling with an indifferent mother and an impoverished childhood in Algeria, an ever-present sense of exile, and an ongoing search for equilibrium, Camus''s personal essays shed new light on the emotional and experiential foundations of his philosophical thought and humanize his most celebrated works.

Create Dangerously

release date: Oct 29, 2019
Create Dangerously
“To create today means to create dangerously. Every publication is a deliberate act, and that act makes us vulnerable to the passions of a century that forgives nothing.” In 1957, Nobel Prize-winning philosopher Albert Camus gave a speech entitled "Create Dangerously," effectively a call to arms for artists, in particular those who came from an immigrant background, like he did. Camus understood the necessity of those making art as a part of civil society. A bold cry for artistic freedom and responsibility, his words today remain as timely as ever. In this new translation, Camus''s message, available as a stand-alone little book for the first time, will resonate with a new generation of writers and artists.

The Myth of Sisyphus

release date: Nov 06, 2018
The Myth of Sisyphus
One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.

No Exit and Three Other Plays

release date: Jul 15, 2015
No Exit and Three Other Plays
Four seminal plays by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. An existential portrayal of Hell in Sartre''s best-known play, as well as three other brilliant, thought-provoking works: the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict, and an arresting attack on American racism.

Reflections on the Guillotine

release date: Sep 24, 2020
Reflections on the Guillotine
Written when execution by guillotine was still legal in France, Albert Camus'' devastating attack on the ''obscene exhibition'' of capital punishment remains one of the most powerful, persuasive arguments ever made against the death penalty.

快樂的死

release date: Apr 02, 2014
快樂的死
◆《異鄉人》創作原型 卡繆二十歲的生死學 ◆《異鄉人》作者 存在主義大師 諾貝爾文學獎得主卡繆首部小說經典問世 一個人要怎麼活,才能快樂的死? 「我確信人沒有錢不可能快樂。就是這樣。我不喜歡方便行事,也不喜歡多愁善感。我喜歡把事情看得清清楚楚。所以呢,我發現某些菁英份子,他們有一種精神上的自命清高,以為金錢不是快樂所必要的。那樣很蠢,那不是真的,而且某種程度上,那樣是懦弱的。」 在一樁精心設計的謀殺案之後,梅爾索獲得了人人羨慕的財富,過著財富與時間都有充分餘裕的生活。然而,梅爾索仍然不幸福。 不滿足的他,企圖尋找人生下一個快樂的來源。在一生中,一個人如何感覺自我的滿足、生命的喜悅?因為穩定的情感關係、激情的性愛,抑或個人不受拘束的自由? 一九三八年,卡繆擱置自己的第一本小說《快樂的死》,開始撰寫《異鄉人》。本書直至他逝世後才出版。這本處女作小說富含對大自然栩栩如生的描述和對既有常規的批判省思。主角梅爾索一心追求快樂,哪怕必須以犯罪做為代價。卡繆本身艱困而充滿熱情的青春時期孕育了本書主角的經歷;他的抉擇和省思,也預告了卡繆日後的其他小說和論述。 出版商名稱 麥田

Algerian Chronicles

release date: May 06, 2013
Algerian Chronicles
More than 50 years after independence, Algerian Chronicles, with its prescient analysis of the dead end of terrorism, appears here in English for the first time. Published in France in 1958—the year the war caused the collapse of the Fourth French Republic—it is one of Albert Camus’ most political works: an exploration of his commitment to Algeria.

The Myth of Sisyphus And Other Essays

release date: Oct 31, 2012
The Myth of Sisyphus And Other Essays
One of the most influential works of this century, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide; the question of living or not living in a universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Albert Camus brilliantly posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

release date: Oct 31, 2012
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death
In the speech he gave upon accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957, Albert Camus said that a writer "cannot serve today those who make history; he must serve those who are subject to it." And in these twenty-three political essays, he demonstrates his commitment to history''s victims, from the fallen maquis of the French Resistance to the casualties of the Cold War. Resistance, Rebellion and Death displays Camus'' rigorous moral intelligence addressing issues that range from colonial warfare in Algeria to the social cancer of capital punishment. But this stirring book is above all a reflection on the problem of freedom, and, as such, belongs in the same tradition as the works that gave Camus his reputation as the conscience of our century: The Stranger, The Rebel, and The Myth of Sisyphus.

The Fall

release date: Sep 19, 2012
The Fall
Elegantly styled, Camus'' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer''s confessions is a searing study of modern amorality.

Exile and the Kingdom

release date: Sep 19, 2012
Exile and the Kingdom
These six stories, written at the height of Camus'' artistic powers, all depict people at decisive, revelatory moments in their lives. Translated by Justin O''Brien.

The Rebel

release date: Sep 19, 2012
The Rebel
By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man''s timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny. As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times. Translated from the French by Anthony Bower.
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