jeudi 19 novembre 2009
Sarko chooses Albert Camus for the Panthéon
L'écrivain Albert Camus en juin 1947
Dernier minute: 19 novembre 2009
First choice for the French Panthéon made by President Nicolas Sarkozy is my longstanding hero, Albert Camus, who found his own humanity in the absurdity of the human condition. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957, the year I was born. (my luck, not his! :>>)))
His novel L'Etranger was the first book I read completely in French after only three months of French study, although I had read it in English as a teenager. While his ideas may be complex, his writing is often simple: short sentences, verbs in the passé composé. I highly recommend this novel to anyone beginning French study. Follow L'Etranger with La Peste; there are more than a few similarities to what is going on today with our "pandemics" and the actions of the State.
Camus said the most important question in life is whether or not one will commit suicide. Think about it! Will one have the will to continue in spite of the terrible hardships and losses that one must face in life, perhaps due to one's own misadventures? Life is hard, bébé! But still, we each have a choice, and this is what Camus was talking about.
I couldn't agree with him more... and I think I make that choice everyday. How about you?
update 21/11: Camus' son refuses his father's entrance into the Panthéon. turns out he won't let sarko use his father for his own purposes. un bon fils, lui...