By Albert Camus
In his first novel, a contented demise, written while he used to be in his early twenties and retrieved from his deepest papers following his loss of life in 1960, Albert Camus laid the basis for The Stranger, focusing in either works on an Algerian clerk who kills a guy in chilly blood. yet he additionally printed himself to an volume that he by no means might in his later fiction. For if a contented dying is the examine of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his life, it's also a remarkably candid portrait of its writer as a tender man.
As the unconventional follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's residence -- after which, fleeing, in a trip that takes him via phases of exile, hedonism, privation, and dying -it supplies us a glimpse into the mind's eye of 1 of the nice writers of the 20 th century. For this is the younger Camus himself, in love with the ocean and sunlight, enraptured by way of girls but disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of motion and ethical accountability that might make him critical to the concept of our time.
Translated from the French by way of Richard Howard
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Harvey, under whose guidance I first developed some of the ideas contained in the present essay; and to the participants in the NEH summer institute in philosophy of religion at Western Washington University in 1986, for their comments on another version of the material. 2 The Sickness unto Death: Critique of the Modern Age Louis Dupre' The Sickness unto Death one of his two best works (the other being Fear and Trembling) and Guardini regarded it as the most appropriate introduction to his thought.
Why is believing this contradiction essential t o Abraham’s role as knight of faith, as Kierkegaard (or Johannes) clearly believes it to be? It should also be noted that it is Abraham’s behavior, perhaps even more than this beliefs, that Johannes finds hard to understand (34-38). ). And this seems to be something that he cannot do, much more than something that he cannot believe. “[B] y my behavior,” he says, “I would have spoiled the whole story, for if I had gotten Isaac again, I would have been in an awkward position.
Cf. The scorn expressed (p. ” 3. : Princeton University Press, 1970, pp. : Penguin Books, 1985, pp. 75,52). 4. Kierkegaard‘sfirst and fullest development of his conception of the“aesthetic”way of life is in Either/Or, but it plays a part in several of his works, notably in the Postscript. The Knight of Faith 31 5. Cf. T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, “Little Gidding,” 111: The Complete Poems and Plays, 1909-1950 (New York Harcourt, Brace, 1952), p. 142: “There are three conditions which often look alike I Yet differ completely, flourish in the same hedgerow: / Attachment to self and to things and to persons, detachment / From self and from persons; and, growing between them, indifference / Which resembles the others as death resembles life .
A Happy Death by Albert Camus