About Camus, The Real McCoy

Albert Camus was a brilliant French journalist, philosopher and Nobel prize winning author (and apparently, quite the goalkeeper too). He is mistakenly known for being one of the founding fathers of ‘existentialism’ (Jean Paul Sartre was a friend, hence the repeated misinformation) about which my trusty dictionary says;

existentialism |ɛgzɪˈstɛnʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m|

noun [ mass noun ]

a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

But Camus’ main thrust in his writing was revealing the absurdity of man’s place in the universe (which is much more fun, let’s face it). Here’s the definition for that…

absurdism |əbˈsəːdɪz(ə)m|

noun [ mass noun ] the belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe.

I share that simple idea that while there may be no meaning of life, there’s a hell of a lot of meaning in life. There is no better example of a man who is buffeted in an absurd world than Mersault, the anti-hero of Camus’ classic novel L’Étranger (The Outsider).

You can Wiki him here…

Wikipedia Page on Albert Camus

I’ve started a personal site with his name (www.camuspublishing.co.uk) as I have been writing articles and reviews for cineoutsider.com since 2003 under the pseudonym of ‘Camus’ in respect to the great man’s masterpiece.

Here’s a link to my reviews…

Under my own banner, I will be keeping a blog with observations, flagging up fun or intriguing stuff; under the link Eyeballing I’ll be doing somewhat shorter reviews for books I have on the go and any movie or TV show that I don’t cover on cineoutsider.com that I think is worth a push. There will be downloadable short stories (for free) and links to every conceivable format of my novel for a small cost (here’s hoping for that to become ‘novels’ sooner rather than later). This will, essentially, be my home on the web. I hope it entertains and intrigues. I’m looking forward to building it, furnishing it with fun and ideas and contacting and communicating with potential readers.

And I’m still in shock over the Referendum on Europe…