Hero of the day: Albert Camus

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Name Albert Camus

Job Ace novelist and exponent of ‘existentialism’ (the philosophy for lazy men).

Special Powers Creating anti heroes and giving people the world over the excuse ‘because I felt like it’.

He said "Don’t believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves."

They said ‘Camus could never cease to be one of the principal forces in our cultural domain, nor to represent, in his own way, the history of France and of this century.’ (Satre)

Finest hour  Camus was the second youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature (after Rudyard Kipling) when he received the award in 1957. That’s probably his finest hour. With regards to his work, read The Outsider, and you’ll know how brilliant he is.

Did You Know? Camus is well rock and roll? Bands seem to love him… here’s a few who paid tribute. The Cure released the song Killing an Arab in 1978, which was based on The OutsiderStranger. The Gentle Giant song A Cry For Everyone, from 1972’s Octopus (album), was inspired by the literature and philosophy of Camus. He’s mentioned in the Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits Of The Acoustic Revolution song Here’s to life. The Manic Street Preachers quote Camus’ The Rebel at the end of the song The Masses Against The Classes with the cheery "A slave begins by demanding justice, and ends by wanting to wear a crown." Mark E. Smith named his band after Camus’ novel The Fall. Joanna Newsom mentions Camus in the song This Side of the Blue "See him fashion a cap from a page of Camus; see him navigate deftly this side of the blue.".

(Tomorrow, someone like Big Daddy)

By mofgimmers | November 9th, 2006