Albert Camus (November 1913 – January 1960), was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay “The Rebel” that his whole life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom. Camus founded the Group for International Liaisons within the Revolutionary Union Movement after his split with Garry Davis’s Citizens of the World movement, of which the surrealist André Breton was also a member. The formation of this group, according to Camus, was intended to “denounce two ideologies found in both the USSR and the USA” regarding their idolatry of technology.
Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature – “for his important literary production, which with clearsighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. Quite understandable, and every bit as actual today, one hundred years after Camus´ birth.
Below: Designer Helen Yentus´ cover art for some of Camus´ most celebrated novels. Enjoy!