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Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." First published in 1946; now in a new translation by Matthew Ward.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Albert Camus
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2012-08-08
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307827661

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In 1942, the French author Albert Camus, in an essay titled "The Myth of Sisyphus," wrote a comprehensive analysis of the absurd to explain his novel "The Stranger." Using Camus's essay as a matrix for the absurd, this book is a rigorous examination of other contemporary existentialist writers and their novels: the French writer Jean-Paul Sartre provides us with his important absurdist text "Nausea"; the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno, "Mist"; and the two American writers Richard Wright, "Native Son" and Walker Percy, "The Last Gentleman." Since "The Dynamics of the Absurd in the Existentialist Novel" is a comparative study, different authors are invoked from various cultures to demonstrate the vast viability of Camus's criteria for the absurd and to determine the interpretive results which can be gleaned from its application.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Richard E. Baker
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Release: 1993
File: 141 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105006070226

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To find more information about Rowman and Littlefield titles, please visit www.rowmanlittlefield.com.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Terry Keefe
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 1986
File: 250 Pages
ISBN-13: 038920627X

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Anita Desai, b. 1937, Indo-English novelist.

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Genre: Existentialism in literature
Author: Anita Singh
Publisher: Sarup & Sons
Release: 2007
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 817625729X

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Philippe Codde provides a comparative cultural analysis of the unprecedented success of the Jewish novel in the postwar United States by situating the process and event in the context of three closely-related American cultural movements: the popularity in the US of French philosophical and literary existentialism, the increasing visibility of the Holocaust in US-American life, and the advent of radical theology. Codde argues that the literary repertoire of the postwar Jewish novel consists of an amalgam of these cultural elements that were making their mark in the political, religious, and philosophical systems of the United States at the time, and that this explains, in part, the Jewish novel's sweeping success in the American literary system.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Philippe Codde
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Release: 2007
File: 279 Pages
ISBN-13: 1557534373

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Great philosophy meets powerful biography in this entertaining and immensely readable portrait of mid-20th century Paris and the fascinating characters of Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, and their circle, who loved and hated, drank and debated with each other--and forever changed the way we think about thinking. At the Existentialist Café is a thrilling look at the famous group of post-war thinkers who became known as the Existentialists: Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Heidegger, and their circle. Starting with Paris after the devastation of the Second World War, Sarah Bakewell (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her previous book) takes us inside the passionate debates and equally passionate lives of these brilliant, if flawed, characters. Here is a wonderful, vibrant look at the social, artistic and political currents that shaped the existentialist movement--a mode of thinking and being that, as Bakewell vividly shows, deeply affects us today. Never has the story of this influential group, and especially that of the legendary relationship between Sartre and de Beauvoir, been told with such verve and sweep, weaving personal life with social upheaval and the universal quest for understanding. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Sarah Bakewell
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Release: 2016-03-01
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345810946

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In this National Book Award–winning novel from a “brilliantly breathtaking writer,” a young Southerner searches for meaning in the midst of Mardi Gras (The New York Times Book Review). On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, Binx Bolling is a lost soul. A stockbroker and member of an established New Orleans family, Binx’s one escape is the movie theater that transports him from the falseness of his life. With Mardi Gras in full swing, Binx, along with his cousin Kate, sets out to find his true purpose amid the excesses of the carnival that surrounds him. Buoyant yet powerful, The Moviegoer is a poignant indictment of modern values, and an unforgettable story of a week that will change two lives forever. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Walker Percy including rare photos from the author’s estate.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Walker Percy
Publisher: Open Road Media
Release: 2011-03-29
File: 191 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781453216255

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Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values. Embraces moral, religious, political, and social themes. Authoritative Constance Garnett translation. New introduction.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Release: 2012-03-05
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780486114996

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Simone de Beauvoir made her own distinctive contribution to existentialism in the form of an ethics which diverged sharply from that of Jean-Paul Sartre. In her novels and philosophical essays of the 1940s she produced not just a recognizably existentialist ethics, but also a character ethics and an ethics for violence. These concerns, stemming from her own personal philosophical background, give a vital, contemporary resonance to her work. De Beauvoir's feminist classic The Second Sex reflects her earlier philosophical interests, and is considerably strengthened by this influence. This book defends her existentialist feminism against the many reproaches which have been levelled against it over several decades, not least the criticism that it is steeped in Sartrean masculinism.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: J. Mahon
Publisher: Springer
Release: 1997-08-11
File: 241 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780230376663

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The A to Z of Existentialism explains the central claims of existentialist philosophy and the contexts in which it developed into one of the most influential intellectual trends of the 20th century. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and more than 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries offering clear, accessible accounts of the life and thought of major existentialists like Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, as well as thinkers influential to its development such as Wilhelm Dilthey, Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and Max Scheler.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Stephen Michelman
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2010
File: 379 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780810875890

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