Exile and the Kingdom (Vintage International)

Camus, Albert

9780307278586

ISBN 10: 0307278581 / 0-307-27858-1
ISBN 13: 9780307278586
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:
From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives, these six stories depict people at painful odds with the world around them. A wife can only surrender to a desert night by betraying her husband. An artist struggles to honor his own aspirations as well as society's expectations of him. A missionary brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish is left with but an echo of his identity. Whether set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, the stories in Exile and the Kingdom are probing portraits of spiritual exile, and man’s perpetual search for an inner kingdom in which to be reborn. They display Camus at the height of his powers.

Now, on the 50th anniversary of the book’s publication, Carol Cosman’s new translation recovers a literary treasure for our time.

Albert Camus won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.

Review:
Four of these stories are set on the shimmering desert fringes of Camus's native Algeria, and all of them first appeared in 1957, the year when he became the youngest French writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

"I would call his pessimism 'solar',if you remember how much black there is in the sun" --Jean-Paul Sartre

"In France, the three vital writers are André Malraux, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. Of these, the greatest is Camus" --Arthur Koestler

"Powerful, jolting, thought-provoking parables, told skilfully and with detached passion" --Sunday Times

"These violent yet controlled stories confirm ... that Camus is no simple, superficial humanitarian. He is on the side of the angels, as he should be, but he gives the devil a very good run for his money" --Observer

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