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Le Mythe de Sisyphe
Gallimard, Paris 1942 - First edition, "service de presse" review copy. Original wrappers and rare such. When this book does turn up, it's usually been rebound. One of Camus's three giant works (L'Etranger and La Peste). An excellent copy - some spots of rubbing, edge spots, bit of light wear else a fine, rare copy. A consequential book of the 20th century and a personal favorite.********* Camus believes that the world is absurd, that we are born by chance, live by encounter, and die by accident. Although we crave happiness on earth and immortality after death, the disproportion between desire and fulfillment defines the absurd. An absurd world is a world without necessity, without purpose, and without essence. Whatever meaning it has, we ourselves have to provide it. Existentialists believe that, because there is no a priori morality, men’s choices and actions fill the void that was left by the disappearance of God. However, says Camus, man’s forlornness should not be construed as a source of despair. On the contrary, God’s death should be viewed not as tragedy but as a liberation, and it is this newly found freedom that gives men and women the strength to invent themselves. In an absurd world all choices are possible, even suicide.(Stoltzfus) [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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