Albert Camus (A Happy Death)
Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus
Albert Camus, Notebooks
Albert Camus, Notebooks 1951-1959
The second installment of Camus-on-YouTube that I’ll highlight is entitled “Camus’ Death and Lovers.” I wasn’t sure at first what to make of the dual subject. It seemed misplaced, even tacky, to sequence together some rather striking footage of Camus’ funeral with voiceovers of various affectionate letters that Camus wrote to his mistresses, as well as later interviews with some of them. But I think that was my puritanical American mind at work. Camus wasn’t really ashamed of his affairs, and, accordingly, the clip addresses this aspect of his life in a matter-of-fact tone. Several of his lovers attended the funeral, as did his wife of course. No scandal; that’s just what happened. It also occurred to me that those who were intimately acquainted/in love with Camus are precisely the kind of people you’d want to interview about his death. Their recollections and emotions - “I screamed”, “I’m still mourning him” - tell a powerful story.
Albert Camus, The Stranger