The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

One of the most influential works of this century, this is a crucial exposition of existentialist thought. Influenced by works such as Don Juan, and the novels of Kafka, these essays begin with a meditation on suicide: the question of living or not living in an absurd universe devoid of order or meaning. With lyric eloquence, Camus posits a way out of despair, reaffirming the value of personal existence, and the possibility of life lived with dignity and authenticity.

Title:The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
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  • Rakhi Dalal

    Camus, as a writer, receives mixed response from the readers. It is understandable when some readers avoid reading him, because he seems a difficult writer whose works are taken to be disturbing. Some...

  • Lisa

    "The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." One must definitely imagine Sisiphus a teacher. Teaching 15-year-olds every day is pretty mu...

  • Trevor

    One of the things I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is the question of whether it is better to have no hope at all, or to be constantly confronted with dashed hope. There are certainly parts of ...

  • Yuval

    Most of my friends will probably think I'm being sarcastic when I call this as good a "self-help" book as any I can imagine, but this essay honestly inspired in me an awe of human nature and its absur...

  • Roy Lotz

    I still vividly remember my writing class in my first semester of college. Our professor was a lover of paradoxes. She had us read Kafka and Borges, whom none of us could understand. And she had a hab...

  • Lynne King

    There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest â...

  • Simeon

    "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – ...

  • Elie F

    Sisyphus must be humanism in its fiercest form, but is it as heroic as in Camus' idolization?Because there is no assured eternality and reason knows its limit, man is forced into the corner of absurdi...

  • Jason

    Okay, so the basic premise in this book is that there are two schools of thought involved with becoming conscious as a man. There is one in which you become conscious of God, accepting faith as the ch...

  • David Lentz

    In “Sisyphus” Camus explores the great Greek myth to address Hamlet’s ultimate question as to whether one should be or not be. Camus scoffs at Kierkegaard who also addresses the plight of the Ab...