Albert Camus was many things: war hero, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and one of the 20th century’s most fascinating public thinkers. We examine the life and legacy of Camus on his 100th birthday: how a poor kid from Algeria became a revered French writer, hungry to find meaning in an absurd world, and why Camus still has a lot to tell us about a world mired in political violence.
Why does Albert Camus still fascinate us? Steve Paulson explores his life - from growing up poor in Algeria to his breakthrough novel "The Stranger"; from his quarrel with Jean-Paul Sartre to his controverisal response to Algeria's war for independence.
One of the largely unknown stories about Camus was his friendship with the scientist Jacques Monod. Both later won Nobel prizes - Camus for literature, Monod for biology - and both were heroes of the French Resistance.