CULTURE: A Mesmerizing Encore From Camus

After 34 years, the Nobel laureate's last, unfinished manuscript causes a literary sensation

"We are made to live for others. But one really dies only for oneself." The author of this journal entry was 46 and world famous when he was killed in a car crash south of Paris on Jan. 4, 1960. Within this short life, Albert Camus had won the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature and produced a compact body of novels (The Stranger, The Plague), plays (Caligula) and philosophical essays (The Myth of Sisyphus) that both defined and helped create a 20th century temperament: We are by ourselves in an absurd universe, compelled to act but bereft of any reasonable grounds...

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