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Albert Camus — A Life - Olivier Todd

Chatto & Windus, 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Pages lightly age-tanned.

2nd Printing. [First: Same Year] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Albert Camus is among the most significant writers of the twentieth century, and one of French culture’s most appealing and complex figures: a working class Algerian who became the youngest French writer ever to win the Nobel Prize, a thinker with film star looks, a novelist and playwright, actor and director, and a political militant with a turbulent emotional life. His novels, The Plague and The Outsider, have a timeless power and appeal and are studied all over the world. In 1994 his posthumously published last novel, The First Man, became an instant bestseller, reviving his popularity and prompting a reassessment by the critics.

The Camus estate has given OlivierTodd full access to private papers, allowing him to write the definitive life.The result is a rich, generous portrait. Opening with his impoverished childhood in Algiers, Todd brings the historical context to life, shedding light on Camus’ later agonising conflict between sympathy for the working-class Algerians, and for the French colonials — like his own family — with a stake in their adopted land. He follows Camus’ break from the sun and sea he loved, his involvement with the Resistance in France and his immersion in the life of the Parisian literati after the success of his first novel. Abundant extracts from Camus’ letters and diaries explain the genesis and structure of his books, allowing us to enter the writer’s creative mind.

Camus’ life in France also presented impossible choices and perpetual struggle: his intimacy with part of the Gallimard family; his involvement with Sartre and de Beauvoir; the break-up of his marriages, and his relationships with other women, including the beautiful actress Maria Casares; his battles with debilitating bouts of tuberculosis and with the passionate, restless nature that would never let him settle. He died in a car crash at the tragically young age of 46.

BecauseTodd understands his subject and his times so well, he brings to the life a rare immediacy and perception, evoking a great writer and his world with force and subtlety.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 435 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.