The First Man

The First Man

The unfinished manuscript of The First Man was discovered in the wreckage of a car accident in which Camus died in 1960. Although it was not published for over thirty years, it was an instant bestseller when it finally appeared in 1994. The 'first man' is Jacques Cormery, whose poverty-stricken childhood in Algiers is made bearable by his love for his silent and illiterate mother, and by the teacher who transforms his view of the world. The most autobiographical of Camus's novels, it gives profound insights into his life, and the powerful themes underlying his work.

Title:The First Man
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780783816012
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    The First Man Reviews

  • BlackOxford

    A Hunger for DiscoveryThis is Camus’s last work. But for anyone interested in his philosophy, or more importantly the reasons for his philosophy, this should probably be the first to read. The First...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Le Premier Homme = The First Man, Albert CamusThe First Man is Albert Camus' unfinished final novel. On January 4, 1960, at the age of forty-six, Camus was killed in a car accident. The incomplete man...

  • Jim Fonseca

    Basically an autobiography by Camus. The manuscript was found in the car when Camus died in a car crash in 1960, when he was 57, and just 3 years after he won the Nobel Prize. It’s clearly a draft w...

  • Rowena

    This book was not what I expected. Due to the philosophical, melancholy nature of the first two Camus books I’ve read, (The Stranger and The Plague), I expected this book to be more academic, but it...

  • Cheryl

    Who knew I would be reading Camus' last novel as though it was his first? In this world of the passed away French-Algiers, the present and past are blurred, as a man recalls his childhood, and the voi...

  • Samra Yusuf

    Review to follow....

  • Edita

    "There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts . . ."*The sea was gentle and warm, the sun fell lightly on their soaked heads, and the glory of the light filled their young bodies wi...

  • Henry Martin

    It is not often that I struggle to find words; yet, this is one of those times. Reading this unfinished manuscript has left me without words to express how I feel about it. It's not a novel - it's a g...

  • Felek

    I enjoyed every single word of this book. This is a MUST read to Camus' fans!...

  • Leo Robertson

    Adds an unexpected dimension to Camus' philosophy: that it was written by a regular guy whose daily worries, ponderings, misgivings and regrets found him just as much as ours find us. That's of course...