Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Author(s): Albert Camus

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The Myth of Sisyphus

First English edition

Author Albert Camus Original title Le Mythe de Sisyphe Country France Language French Genre Philosophical essay, Existentialism, Absurdism Publisher

French: Gallimard

English: Hamish Hamilton

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Published in English

1955 ISBN 0-679-73373-6

The Myth of Sisyphus is a philosophical essay by Albert Camus. It comprises about 119 pages and was published originally in 1942 in French as Le Mythe de Sisyphe; the English translation by Justin O'Brien followed in 1955.

In the essay, Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: man's futile search for meaning, unity, and clarity in the face of an unintelligible world devoid of God and eternal truths or values. Does the realization of the absurd require suicide? Camus answers: "No. It requires revolt." He then outlines several approaches to the absurd life. The final chapter compares the absurdity of man's life with the situation of Sisyphus, a figure of Greek mythology who was condemned to repeat forever the same meaningless task of pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to see it roll down again. The essay concludes, "The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy."


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General Fields

  • : 9780679733737
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Vintage Books
  • : April 1991
  • : 204mm X 133mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Albert Camus
  • : P
  • : 1991
  • : 844.914
  • : 224