The rebel

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Penguin, 1971 - History - 269 pages
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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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Review: The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

User Review  - Matthew Quest - Goodreads

Albert Camus's The Rebel is an amazing book. It is not an easy read, thought it begins in an accessible way. Discussing rebellion in historical and philosophical terms, it begins with his existential ... Read full review

Review: The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

User Review  - Kate Savage - Goodreads

The best aspect of Camus' essays and philosophical pieces is his tone. It's those short, assertive sentences They reach right into a gut-grab. Like after all these years and all these books you've ... Read full review

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Born in 1913 in Algeria, Albert Camus was a French novelist, dramatist, and essayist. He was deeply affected by the plight of the French during the Nazi occupation of World War II, who were subject to the military's arbitrary whims. He explored the existential human condition in such works as L'Etranger (The Outsider, 1942) and Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942), which propagated the philosophical notion of the "absurd" that was being given dramatic expression by other Theatre of the Absurd dramatists of the 1950s and 1960s. Camus also wrote a number of plays, including Caligula (1944). Much of his work was translated into English. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Camus died in an automobile accident in 1960.

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