Was Camus a Sisyphus or a Stranger?


On the 7th of November 1913, Albert Camus, a French Noble Prize winning author, philosopher and journalist, was born in Dréan, French Algeria. Known for literary landmarks, such as The Stranger, The Plague or The Fall, he is considered one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Initially a close friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, Camus’ rejection of the communist ideology made their friendship fall apart. In effect of this, Sartre was left with “grim dialectical realism (Communism as the only path to qualitative change, and the ugly face of such change) and… [Camus with his] principled leftist rejection of Communism (which left him unable to identify with any significant force struggling for change).” (Ronald Aronson,Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel That Ended it). Camus expressed his stance against Communism  in the 1951 book,The Rebel, where he…

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