Stock Image

Albert Camus: A Life

Todd, Olivier; Ivry, Benjamin (translator)

Published by Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 1997
ISBN 10: 0679428550 / ISBN 13: 9780679428558
/ Condition: Fine / Hardcover
Quantity Available: 1
From Kennedy Books (Jamestown, ND, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: US$ 45.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 7.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

30 Day Return Policy

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details


Title: Albert Camus: A Life

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition.

Description:

Fine/Fine unread copy protected by archival Brodart cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001351

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
3.96 avg rating
(464 ratings)

Synopsis: In this enormously engaging, vibrant, and richly researched biography of Albert Camus, the French writer and journalist Olivier Todd has drawn on personal correspondence, notebooks, and public records never before tapped, as well as interviews with Camus's family, friends, fellow workers, writers, mentors, and lovers.

Todd shows us a Camus who struggled all his life with irreconcilable conflicts--between his loyalty to family and his passionate nature, between the call to political action and the integrity to his art, between his support of the native Algerians and his identification with the forgotten people, the poor whites. A very private man, Camus could be charming and prickly, sincere and theatrical, genuinely humble, yet full of great ambition.

Todd paints a vivid picture of the time and place that shaped Camus--his impoverished childhood in the Algerian city of Belcourt, the sea and the sun and the hot sands that he so loved (he would always feel an exile elsewhere), and the educational system that nurtured him. We see the forces that lured him into communism, and his attraction to the theater and to journalism as outlets for his creativity.

The Paris that Camus was inevitably drawn to is one that Todd knows intimately, and he brings alive the war years, the underground activities that Camus was caught up in during the Occupation and the bitter postwar period, as well as the intrigues of the French literati who embraced Camus after his first novel, L'Etranger, was published. Todd is also keenly attuned to the French intellectual climate, and as he takes Camus's measure as a successful novelist, journalist, playwright and director, literary editor, philosopher, he also reveals the temperament in the writer that increasingly isolated him and crippled his reputation in the years before his death and for a long time after. He shows us the solitary man behind the mask--debilitated by continuing bouts of tuberculosis, constantly drawn to irresistible women, and deeply troubled by his political conflicts with the reigning French intellectuals, particularly by the vitriol of his former friend Sartre over the Algerian conflict.

Filled with sharp observations and sparkling with telling details, here is a wonderfully human portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning writer, who died at the age of forty-six and who remains one of the most influential literary figures of our time.

About the Author: Born in Paris in 1929, Olivier Todd studied at the Sorbonne and at Cambridge University. He taught for a few years before turning to journalism. He has been a reporter, a columnist, and an editor at Le Nouvel Observateur and L'Express. He has also contributed to the Times Literary Supplement and Newsweek International, and worked for the first French television channel and the BBC.

Todd is the author of numerous books, including novels, essay collections, and biographies. Jean-Paul Sartre endorsed Todd's first published novel and later called him--in jest--his "rebel son." Albert Camus has enjoyed both critical and popular success in France, and has been translated into more than ten languages.

A recognized observer of the French political and literary scene, Todd is currently at work on a new biography of André Malraux. He lives in Paris.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Seller a Question]

Bookseller: Kennedy Books
Address: Jamestown, ND, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: March 13, 2004
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating

Terms of Sale:

North Dakota residents add 5% sales tax. All items are subject to prior sale;
prices are subject to change. Any book may be returned within ten days of receipt.
Notice of decision to return is requested.



Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.


Store Description: Welcome to Kennedy Books. We have spent many years collecting modern firsts, many signed. We focus on fiction, poetry, biography and books on the craft of writing and the joy of reading.