In the footsteps of Camus
Apart from being known in history as one the founding fathers of the philosophy of Absurdism, Albert Camus is also known for his profound work in the literature. A modern era philosopher, Nobel Prize winning author and journalist. He was a rebel at heart who loved to challenge the norms and go beyond the call of regular lifestyle and cherished his individual freedom. One of the most charismatic French writer of all time, he was one of the greatest minds of the century.
His ideas on travel are rather different and surprisingly striking to one’s understanding. He believed that the basic element of travel was fear. The discomfort and vulnerability of a person when far from their own country raised fear and the instinctive desire to be back with people they love and around things that they are so used to, all their lives. He believed that it was moments like these when at one hand, you are feverish to get home but also at your creative best because in that moment of nostalgic weakness, one is able to feel depths of emotions and to our being.
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His love affair with France begun quite early in his life. He was led to Paris, the city that made him who he is known for today and also made him feel like a ‘stranger’. Always considered traveling as an occasion of spiritual testing, his numbers works are a profound derivations of his travels across many parts of the beautiful France. His numerous contribution to French theatre include his famous plays include Le Malentendu and Caligula. He also completed one of his most famous works in Paris, The Stranger.
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After winning the Nobel Prize "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times", he was settled in Southern France and was working on his last project: The First Man, a novel he felt he was born to write and whose manuscript was found covered in mud near the accident scene, a few days after his fatal car crash in 1960.
Quoting his famous line, “I don't want to be a genius-I have enough problems just trying to be a man”, it is easy to see that the literary champion who gave the world so much was a modest person at heart. Camus remains the haunting figure of integrity who gave to the work numerous masterpieces, beyond the constriction of politics of his time. The creative ace who touched the world with the power of a moral vision and 'absurdity'.