Le Mythe de Sisyphe est un essai d’Albert Camus, publié en . Le mythe de Sisyphe d’Albert Camus disponible, en texte intégral dans Les Classiques. Camus’ first novel, L’Étranger, has been translated into English four times. In Stuart Texte intégral 2Albert Camus was twenty-nine when he wrote L’ Étranger, published in Paris in , which he closely followed with Le Mythe de Sisyphe. (Camus, Albert), La peste (Camus, Albert), Le mythe de Sisyphe (Camus, Albert) . (extraits); L’existentialisme est un humanisme (texte intégral) (plan — NLL).

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He effectively inverts the traditional and mtyhe. There is no sense of Caligula’s power being atypical; it is only his exercise of it that creates discord. This article will discuss the importance of Greece and Rome in Camus’ Absurd cycle and its implications in the context of colonial Algeria.

Outside The Stranger? English Retranslations of Camus’ L’Étranger

His idealization of Greece and disdain for Rome were not idiosyncratic conclusions but rather a reaction to a long tradition of political and rhetorical exploitation of these cultures. In the first translation, the taciturn protagonist becomes talkative and emphatic: I have no ideas and I have nothing to aspire for in terms of honours and power. The integral opposition between Greece and Rome was grounded in Camus’ interaction with these previous traditions and movements.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Please be clear in your message, if you are referring to the information found on this web page; or the contents of the book. This is a conscious attempt to defy expectations and to disrupt tradition. Please tell us about any errors you have found in this book, or in the information on this page about this book. Considering this opposition gives a new and important context to the works for which Camus is perhaps best known: He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in at the age of 43, the second youngest recipient in history.


His reports from Kabylie described the inequalities of French rule. It can be seen broadly as a theatrical device, used by Camus to remove any practical limitations on an individual’s response to the Absurd. Algeria obsesses me this morning.

He engages with and challenges expectations in order to strengthen his conclusion. Sisyphus is the most famous example of this but Camus used Greek mythology in this way in a number of essays. I would argue that it is not: This most recent English version is finally more accessible than the Gilbert, or even the updated Laredo version could hope to be.

Equally, despite the seemingly bleak and devastating conclusions of a meaningless universe, his argument demonstrates that happiness is possible, indeed natural.

Mediterraneanism, as a movement, was intended to confront the rhetoric of Algerianism directly. Yet by taking the Absurd to its most extreme conclusions, ,e becomes dehumanizing rather than affirmative.

Le Mythe de Sisyphe

Caligula is both Emperor and Artist. It cannot be considered an accident that the mythology chosen to embody these textw is that of ancient Greece, a culture that Camus understood as containing the key to humanity’s potential for happiness and virtue. He was born inunlike Camus in mainland France, but came to Algeria as a young man. We have exiled beauty, untgral Greeks took up arms for her. And this departs from the disjointed quality of the Infgral.

While Gilbert is consistent in his own writing style, a reader comparing his translation with the original is likely to get a different picture of the protagonist. Camus’ use of Greece plays a formative role in his interaction with this tradition.


Latin Intgfal … was being reborn in the pagan necropolis and Christian catacombs, in the ruins and the colonies and towns Rome had spread across the land.

Most important amongst these was the use of Rome in the rhetoric of Algerian colonialism. Archambault has written a thorough study of Camus’ classical sources, particularly the influence of Aeschylus, Homer, and Thucydides.

Le mythe de Sisyphe. When Marie asks Meursault what Paris was like, he declares: Kate Griffith, Washington, D. As an Algerian, Camus brought a fresh, outsider perspective to French literature of the period—related to but distinct from the metropolitan literature of Paris.

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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Do the translators compensate in other ways for this phenomenon, impossible to reproduce? In addition to novels, he wrote and adapted plays, and was active in the theater during the s and ’50s. Get to Know Us. IV ; Cf. Judging whether life is or is not is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy. The example of Camus is instructive as he sits at a crossroads between Europe and Africa at a period of intense colonial activity.

Binary oppositions typified his work: Sisyphus is also an example of the function mythology has played in philosophical discourse. For a larger discussion cf.

His Greece was both a place of idealized beauty and cultural and artistic pre-eminence sissyphe also a theoretical construction that he used to illustrate his key philosophical and political arguments.