Committed Writings

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This volume contains some of Camus’ most powerful political writing as he reflects on moral responsibility and the role of the artist in the world. ‘Letters to a German Friend’ was Camus’ first wartime intervention, written in 1943 in order ‘to make our battle more effective’. ‘Reflections on the Guillotine’ is his impassioned polemic against the death penalty. And in his Nobel lecture, Camus argues against ‘Art for art’s sake’ and brilliantly sets out his vision of the artist’s responsibilities.

ISBN: 9780241400401 Author: Tester, Camus Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 27th August 2020 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 844.912 (edition:23) Pages: 288 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: , , , ,

‘To create today means to create dangerously’

This new collection contains some of Camus’ most brilliant political writing as he reflects on moral responsibility and the role of the artist in the world. Letters to a German Friend, written and published underground during the Nazi occupation of France, was born out of Camus’ experience in the Resistance and explores what it truly means to love your country. Reflections on the Guillotine, his impassioned polemic against the death penalty, became a touchstone for the movement to abolish capital punishment, while in his Nobel speeches Camus argues that the artist must engage with dangerous times. Together these powerful pieces express Camus’ mistrust of rigid ideologies, and his commitment to human solidarity.

‘Probably no European writer of his time left so deep a mark on the imagination’ Conor Cruise O’Brien

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