Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-9

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

I had the good fortune to be introduced to Camus by a political theorist. Zdravko Planinc gave me an eye for the odd or curious features of texts that we tend to smooth over in our search for more comforting types of coherence. And he encouraged a kind of ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

In 1942 Camus wrote in his notebook, “Calypso offers Ulysses a choice between immortality and the land of his birth. He rejects immortality. Therein lies perhaps the whole meaning of the Odyssey.” In 1946 he again draws on Homeric imagery, this time to ...

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Chapter One - The Absurd Man

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pp. 17-47

The common, orthodox interpretation of The Myth of Sisyphus is that it endorses a type of existentialism similar to that developed by Jean-Paul Sartre in early works like Nausea, Being and Nothingness, and Existentialism and Humanism. Though most commentators ...

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Chapter Two - A History of Rebel

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pp. 48-80

Anyone who has read The Rebel knows that it is an admirable book. It is admirable because of its penetrating and uncompromising analysis of the nature of modern totalitarianism and modern liberalism, its insight into the metaphysical revolt that underlies these political and intellectual movements ...

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Chapter Three - Modernity in Its Fullest Expression

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pp. 81-126

Most commentators agree that The Fall departs from Camus’ previous fiction in important ways. It is more complex and challenging psychologically, its content is darker and less forgiving than anything Camus had written previously, and it is also a lot ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 127-143

The First Man was to be a return to the experiential sources of Camus’ best insights into human nature1 as required by the plan of the cyclical books; it was also to complete the analysis of The Fall by continuing its religious symbolism and making good on its promise ...

Notes

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pp. 145-177

Bibliography

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pp. 179-185

Index

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pp. 187-189