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The First Man  : Penguin Modern Classics - Albert Camus

The First Man

Penguin Modern Classics

Paperback Published: April 2002
ISBN: 9780141185231
Number Of Pages: 272

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'A marvel: a piece of rescued life . . . A wonderful, stirring epitaph' Observer

For Jacques Cormery, a journey to his native Algiers brings a wave of memories that forces him to confront his past. He recalls his poverty-stricken, fatherless childhood, running wild with other soccer-mad boys under the hot African sun.

And he remembers the inspiring teacher who gave him a love for learning that took him out of one life and introduced him to another filled with books. Now a grown man living in France, Jacques must ask himself: where does he belong? Which side of the Mediterranean should he call home?

Discovered unfinished after Camus' death, The First Man is his most autobiographical novel – a rich evocation of place that gives profound insights into his life and work.

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

ISBN: 9780141185231
ISBN-10: 0141185236
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: April 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1

Albert Camus


About the Author


Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He is often cited as a proponent of existentialism (the philosophy that he was associated with during his own lifetime), but Camus himself rejected this particular label. Specifically, his views contributed to the rise of the more current philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay The Rebel that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom.

In 1949, Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement, which (according to the book Albert Camus, une vie by Olivier Todd) was a group opposed to some tendencies of the surrealistic movement of André Breton. Camus was the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature (after Rudyard Kipling) when he became the first Africa-born writer to receive the award, in 1957. He is also the shortest-lived of any literature laureate to date, having died in an automobile accident just over two years after receiving the award.

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