Saturday, May 01, 2010

Albert Camus’ Exile and Kingdom, Short Stories

 I am reading a collection of short stories by Albert Camus and it is so wonderful how he describes the world of his era, and how he can still entice people with his descriptions of those days. It's just an amazing book and is titled, "Exile and the Kingdom". Do try and get hold of a copy of this book by one of the world’s most engaging writers who has given us books like “The Stranger” “The Myth of Sisyphus” and others.

I had always thought that Camus was an exponent of existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and others but realise only now that he himself said he wasn’t. He was independent thinker and philosopher. His espousal and style had to do more with Kafka and Kafkaesque absurdism than existentialism, which is what I learn from reading the wikipedia article. He also believes in surrealism of Andre Breton, all of which were an offshoot of the post-war literary fervour of the forties and fifties.

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