قراءات إضافية

A testimony to his ongoing popularity, there is a multitude of books on Camus; I have been deliberately selective.

السير الذاتية

  • There are two major biographies of Camus. The first is Herbert Lottman’s thorough volume, which was viewed as slightly irreverent when it came out in 1979: it was only translated into French in 1985 (Albert Camus: A Biography (Corte Madera: Gingko Press, 1997)). There is also Olivier Todd’s enormous free-flowing portrait, which ideally should be read in French; the English version has been edited and is much shorter than the original (in French: Albert Camus, une vie (Paris: Gallimard, 1997); in English: Albert Camus, A Life (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2000)). Other portraits include Edward J. Hughes’s Albert Camus (London: Reaktion Books, 2015) and Robert Zaretsky’s Albert Camus: Elements of a Life (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010), both laudatory. For a more critical perspective, see Patrick McCarthy’s Camus: A Critical Study of his Life and Works (London: Hamish Hamilton, 1982).

دراسات عن جوانب معينة من أعمال كامو أو حياته

  • Ronald Aronson, Camus & Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended it (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2004). The best book-length study on the famous break.
  • Alice Kaplan, Looking for The Stranger (Chicago: U of Chicago Press, 2016). The biography of Camus’s best-known novel, from the real life crime that may have inspired it to Kamel Daoud’s novel. Superbly written and researched.
  • Agnès Poirier, Left Bank (New York: Holt, 2018). A fine introduction to what literary life was like in Paris between 1940 and 1950, through the portrait of many artists, including Camus. An original overview of his complicated relationship with Simone de Beauvoir.
  • Conor Cruise O’Brien, Camus (London: Faber & Faber, 2015). Originally published in 1970, Conor Cruise O’Brien’s hard-hitting, irreverent interpretation of Camus’s major works is still significant.
  • Edward Said, ‘Camus and the French Imperial Experience’ in Culture and Imperialism (New York: Knopf, 1993). The original critical post-colonial perspective.

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