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“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

ALBERT CAMUS, The Stranger (1942)


Born in French Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus — a novelist, journalist, and philosopher — was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957, “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times.” Camus’ other prominent works include the novels THE PLAGUE (1947) and THE FALL (1956).

In the photo above, actor Ryan Gosling is pictured with an edition of THE STRANGER originally released by Vintage in 1954.

Is this a great cover or what?


“Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary (1857)

Painting: “Young Woman at the Window, Sunset” by Henry Matisse (1921)