The Rebel (L'Homme Révolté)

Camus, Albert (intro. Sir Herbert Read; tr. Anthony Bower)

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A philosophical exploration of the idea of ‘rebellion’ by one of the leading existentialist thinkers, Albert Camus’ The Rebel looks at artistic and political rebels throughout history, from Epicurus to the Marquis de Sade. Translated by Anthony Bower with an introduction by Sir Herbert Read. The Rebel is Camus’ ‘attempt to understand the time I live in’ and a brilliant essay on the nature of human revolt. Published in 1951, it makes a daring critique of communism – how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain and the resulting totalitarian regimes. It questions two events held sacred by the left wing – the French Revolution of 1789 and the Russian Revolution of 1917 – that had resulted, he believed, in terrorism as a political instrument. In this towering intellectual document, Camus argues that hope for the future lies in revolt, which unlike revolution is a spontaneous response to injustice and a chance to achieve change without giving up collective and intellectual freedom.

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Publisher
Hamish Hamilton
Publisher City
London
Year
1953
Edition
1st English
Format
h/b
Author
Camus, Albert (intro. Sir Herbert Read; tr. Anthony Bower)
SKU
IYC131857
Categories
Condition
Near fine 1st edition in english, with clipped d/j (v.g., a little bumping on edges); red clothbound boards clean, gilt spine titling bright; text block firm, pages unmarked and crisp.
Size
8vo (230 x 150 / 9" x 6")
Page Count
273
ISBN