Albert Camus

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‘I fell in love on the beach,’ says the young actress Rosemary in the memorable opening scenes from F Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night, set in the French Riviera. Photograph: Henryk Sadura/Getty Images

We used to holiday some years at my uncle’s house in London; it was a house-swap initiative. It always seemed hotter and more claustrophobic than at h(...)

People don’t have to be ‘going on the lash’ to celebrate Christmas meaningfully, the Taoiseach says. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

What is the appropriate seasonal salutation in a pandemic? Wishing others a “merry Christmas” seems irresponsible at a time when public health experts(...)

 French singer and actor Juliette Greco performs in Paris, in 1968. She was the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the link between often impenetrable intellectuals and popular song. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Saint-Germain-des-Prés must have felt like the centre of the universe in the aftermath of the second World War. After years of deprivation, French you(...)

We submit ourselves to the endless, soul-numbing cycle of washing and ironing without much thought. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

If you just have or are about to put on a wash, you should consider Albert Camus. In between smoking cigarettes and having affairs, Camus spent a lot (...)

Existentialist philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre enjoy the freedom of the beach in Rio in 1960. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

Our movements have been restricted by the Covid-19 lockdown, but there’s nothing to stop our minds from running free. In that spirit, Unthinkable this(...)

Welcome to The Irish Times book quiz. You can put your knowledge of all things literary to the test by attempting these 10 questions, compiled by Frey(...)

Rugby after Covid-19? Why not have New Zealand on tour in November playing powerful clubs in midweek? Photograph: Inpho

There is a line in The Plague, the novel by Albert Camus now enjoying a revival, that still chimes. “Officialdom can never cope with something really (...)

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A movie and a book came to mind when I first became aware of the coronavirus some weeks ago. The movie was the South Korean ‘Parasite’, which won best(...)

Portrait of Francois Xavier De Maistre (1763-1852), French writer and humorist. Photograph:  DeAgostini/Getty

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, many people have sought in literature a balm for current fears and anxieties. In Japan, a translation of Albert Ca(...)

French writer Albert Camus:  his novel La Peste/The Plague is  a work for our times in the questions that it raises, not just for priests but for all believers and unbelievers

Writing of Albert Camus’s great novel La Peste/The Plague (1947) several years ago, Ed Vulliamy suggests that it was “a story for our, and all, times”(...)

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