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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt (original 1951; edition 1992)
by Albert Camus
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679733841, Paperback)By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And yet, with an eye toward the French Revolution and its regicides and deicides, he shows how inevitably the course of revolution leads to tyranny. As old regimes throughout the world collapse, The Rebel resonates as an ardent, eloquent, and supremely rational voice of conscience for our tumultuous times.
"The Rebel is a piece of reasoning in the great tradition of French logic....But what is so exhilarating about Camus's essay is that here is the voice of a man of unshakable decency." -- Atlantic
"Camus's book is one of the extremely few that express the contemporary hour...yet profoundly transcend it." -- New Republic
Albert Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. Translated from the French by Anthony Bower
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An essay on the nature of human revolt, this book makes a critique of communism, how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain, and the resulting totalitarian regimes. It also questions two events held sacred by the left wing, the French Revolution of 1789 and the Russian Revolution of 1917.
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Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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