Books: The Individual

NOTEBOOKS 1935-1942 by Albert Camus. 224 pages. Knopf. $5.

Albert Camus was briefly a Communist; later he was considered to be a disciple of Jean Paul Sartre's despairing existentialism. In fact, Camus was an individual who all his life pursued his own hard and lonely path to the truth. He recoiled both from Communism's dictation of how man should behave and from the nihilistic insistence that it did not matter how man behaved. He clung to a faith in the individual man, seeking a formula through which a man could live happily within his...

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