THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS (212 pp.)by Albert CamusKnopf ($3.50).
The garden which Voltaire advised the French to cultivate (instead of listening to crazy Germanic philosophers) has turned out to be a stony little half-acre.
Furthermore, the horticulture is hampered all the time by the heavy tread of Germanic philosophers among the petits pois.
When Novelist Albert Camus (The Plague, The Stranger) wrote his essay on The Myth of Sisyphus in 1940 (now fully published in the U.S. for the first time), the agony of Western civilization and the German occupation of France seemed to make...