Between Hell & Reason: Essays from the Resistance Newspaper Combat 1944-47

  • Title: Between Hell & Reason: Essays from the Resistance Newspaper Combat 1944-47
  • Author: Albert Camus Alexandre de Gramont Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
  • ISBN: 9780819551894
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
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    About Albert Camus Alexandre de Gramont Elisabeth Young-Bruehl


    1. Albert Camus 1913 1960 was a representative of non metropolitan French literature His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work Of semi proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty five The man and the times met Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.g Caligula, 1944 He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner s Requiem for a Nun His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation R volte dans les Asturies 1934 was banned for political reasons.The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , 1942, expounds Camus s notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement and a conscious dissatisfaction Meursault, central character of L tranger The Stranger , 1942, illustrates much of this essay man as the nauseated victim of the absurd orthodoxy of habit, later when the young killer faces execution tempted by despair, hope, and salvation Dr Rieux of La Peste The Plague , 1947, who tirelessly attends the plague stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus s words We refuse to despair of mankind Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them Other well known works of Camus are La Chute The Fall , 1956, and L Exil et le royaume Exile and the Kingdom , 1957 His austere search for moral order found its aesthetic correlative in the classicism of his art He was a stylist of great purity and intense concentration and rationality.


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    1. This is a great reprisal of published essays that appeared in the underground newspaper Combat, that was published in France during the German occupation. Albert Camus was the editor for many years and there's a strong case that most of the essays in this collection were his. He makes some very important points and expounds on his ideas on democracy and how to define a republic as a democracy or not. As is usual for Camus, he is fearless and never hesitates to stand in a room full of people and [...]

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    2. Four stars is an average of the various things at play here:The introductory essay by the translator is an easy 5/5. For someone studying Camus, or interested in the progression of his philosophy during the mid 40s, it's an easy 5/5. An indispensable historical document for the English speaking Camus fan. The essays themselves are very, very mixed in terms of both interest and quality. Some are among my favorite things I've ever read of Camus, especially the editorial he wrote two days after Hir [...]

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    3. This is a collection of Camus' writings for the French Resistance newspaper Combat at the end of World War II. These tend to get overlooked in the general Camus cannon, which is a shame because I think they're some of his best writings. It's good to see them all compiled in an English edition, and the book is layed out really well. definitely recommended.

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    4. More about history than poetry

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    5. I read this because I was interested in Camus's change from supporting state sponsored executions to thinking they were never justified. I'm intrigued by someone who is willing to change his mind when he sees the practical reality of his ideas. In the France of his day he thought that society was justified in executing the practitioners of arguably the worst horrors the modern world had seen. But as practiced it led to retribution killings, many of the worst perpetrators receiving minor sentence [...]

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    6. En plein milieu du chaos, Camus l'écrivain et le journaliste commente l'actualité dans un journal clandestin de la résistance. Et l'exercice est remarquable. Face à des situations de guerre autant révoltantes autant que désespérantes, l'écrivain garde une sensibilité et une nuance qui moi m'impressionnent.Dans "A combat", Camus propose des article absolument brillants, un travail d'information et de plaidoyer épatant, la liberté pour tous les individus, mais voilà un philosophe consc [...]

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    7. Parfois, on oublie la facette de Camus comme journaliste. Ce livre nous fait voir l'importance de celle-ci, ainsi que son parallelisme avec l'oeuvre littéraire de l'auteur algérien. Combat a été le journal le plus important pendant la résistance dans la clandestinité. Même si de nos jours Combat est peut-être tombé dans l'oublie, il faudrait revendiquer l'importance que celui-ci a eu pendant et après la guerre.

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    8. Hard to read the whole thing at once, obviously, but it's great as something I dive into once a year (when I am about to teach the Stranger), and get impassioned reading his earliest articles. Also, "Neither Victims nor Executioners" is awesome in the later editorials. Revolution! Anti war! Pro activism!

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    9. An uncompromising moral voice. Camus's editorials are the kinds of opinion journalism that don't get written anymore: full of heart and soul, less about policy than about principle, and deeply informed about the realities of post-war France. And, of course, the writing is excellent.

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    10. Camus really seemed to get the situation right at a time of emotional and urgent questions. But I'm open to hear criticism, especially from the left.

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