A life worth living: Albert Camus and the quest for meaning

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
Pub. Date:
2013.
Language:
English
Description
"In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Albert Camus declared that a writer's duty is twofold: 'the refusal to lie about what one knows and the resistance against oppression.' These twin obsessions help explain something of Camus' remarkable character, which is the overarching subject of this sympathetic and lively book. Through an exploration of themes that preoccupied Camus -- absurdity, silence, revolt, fidelity, and moderation -- Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled by the nobler names we assign to our actions, and who pushed himself, and those about him, to challenge the status quo. Though we do not face the same dangers that threatened Europe when Camus wrote The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger, we confront other alarms. Herein lies Camus' abiding significance. Reading his work, we become more thoughtful observers of our own lives. For Camus, rebellion is an eternal human condition, a timeless struggle against injustice that makes life worth living. But rebellion is also bounded by self-imposed constraints -- it is a noble if impossible ideal. Such a contradiction suggests that if there is no reason for hope, there is also no occasion for despair -- a sentiment perhaps better suited for the ancient tragedians than modern political theorists but one whose wisdom abides. Yet we must not venerate suffering, Camus cautions: the world's beauty demands our attention no less than life's train of injustices. That recognition permits him to declare: 'It was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.'"--Publisher's description.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9780674724761
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f1d8c48a-c04e-b6d9-a755-bba8c5ad8dc3
Grouping Title life worth living albert camus and the quest for meaning
Grouping Author zaretsky robert
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-07-02 01:51:08AM
Last Indexed 2019-07-17 02:03:23AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Zaretsky, Robert, 1955-
author_display Zaretsky, Robert
available_at_catalog Central
detailed_location_catalog Central
display_description "In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Albert Camus declared that a writer's duty is twofold: 'the refusal to lie about what one knows and the resistance against oppression.' These twin obsessions help explain something of Camus' remarkable character, which is the overarching subject of this sympathetic and lively book. Through an exploration of themes that preoccupied Camus -- absurdity, silence, revolt, fidelity, and moderation -- Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled by the nobler names we assign to our actions, and who pushed himself, and those about him, to challenge the status quo. Though we do not face the same dangers that threatened Europe when Camus wrote The Myth of Sisyphus and The Stranger, we confront other alarms. Herein lies Camus' abiding significance. Reading his work, we become more thoughtful observers of our own lives. For Camus, rebellion is an eternal human condition, a timeless struggle against injustice that makes life worth living. But rebellion is also bounded by self-imposed constraints -- it is a noble if impossible ideal. Such a contradiction suggests that if there is no reason for hope, there is also no occasion for despair -- a sentiment perhaps better suited for the ancient tragedians than modern political theorists but one whose wisdom abides. Yet we must not venerate suffering, Camus cautions: the world's beauty demands our attention no less than life's train of injustices. That recognition permits him to declare: 'It was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.'"--Publisher's description.
format_catalog Book
format_category_catalog Books
id f1d8c48a-c04e-b6d9-a755-bba8c5ad8dc3
isbn 9780674724761
item_details ils:.b22396706|.i68866835|Central|194 C211zz 2013|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||cena||
itype_catalog Adult Book Non-Fiction
last_indexed 2019-07-17T09:03:23.891Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog 194 C211zz 2013
owning_library_catalog Sacramento Public Library
owning_location_catalog Central
primary_isbn 9780674724761
publishDate 2013
record_details ils:.b22396706|Book|Books||English|The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,|2013.|227 pages ; 20 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b22396706 .i68866835 On Shelf On Shelf false true true true false true 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120 11
subject_facet Camus, Albert, -- 1913-1960, Conduct of life
title_display A life worth living : Albert Camus and the quest for meaning
title_full A life worth living : Albert Camus and the quest for meaning / Robert Zaretsky
title_short A life worth living :
title_sub Albert Camus and the quest for meaning
topic_facet Camus, Albert, Conduct of life