Monday, June 01, 2009

Albert Camus

This podcast was recorded on the In Our Time programme on Radio 4 on 3 January 2008. In this 42 minute recording, the presenter Melvyn Bragg interviews three leading French academics about the work of the French Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus. They are Peter Dunwoodie, David Walker and Christina Howells. First they discuss formative influences on his early life in Algeria, such as his working class roots, the death of his father and colonial life. They then consider his politics and his membership of the Communist Party. His major literary works including The Plague, The Stranger, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Rebel and The Fall are discussed in detail. Camus' concept of the absurd is debated. Other key events such as his move to France and work with the theatre are also analysed. Camus was of course a friend of Jean-Paul Sartre, another very famous French writer, and the interviewees talk about the differences in their outlook on politics and writing.
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