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It was January 4th, 50 years ago that Albert Camus died in a car accident driving back to Paris from Lourmarin (Luberon).
Born in Algeria November 7th 1913, the famous French philosopher and novelist was also a brilliant playwright, actor, director, journalist, and an active member of the French resistance during World War II. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature at the age of 44 in 1957.
His bibliography is quite substantial; my personal favorites are The Plague, The Stranger, The Fall, Lettres a un Ami Allemand, The Misunderstanding, Caligula, The Exile and the Kingdom.
During his time in the theater, Camus also adapted several works by foreign authors into French plays, such as The Possessed (adapted from a novel of the name by Fyodor Dostoevsky) and Requiem for a Nun (adapted from a novel by William Faulkner, also of the same name).

In November 2009, President Nicolas Sarkozy mentioned a possible transfer of Camus’ remains to the Pantheon (a building in the 5th arrondissement of Paris where the most illustrious citizens of France are buried), meeting the disapproval of Camus’ son and approval of his daughter.

In honor of the anniversary of this death, Telerama published an issue with many articles on Camus (his role during the war, his relationship to Algeria, place in the theater, reaction to winning the Nobel Prize, etc) so here is a link if you speak French and want to read further, it even has a podcast of Camus reading from The Stranger: http://www.telerama.fr/tag/albert-camus/
In addition, wikipedia has a good list for further reading: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Camus



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