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Let us rejoice, indeed, at having witnessed the death of a lying and comfort-loving Europe and at being faced with cruel truths. To be honest I struggled with this collection of speeches from Camus. But we writers of the twentieth century shall never again be alone.

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But today, when at last it has to face real dangers, there is a chance that it may again stand up and be respected. So, even if we cannot find the answers, the artist must try. What characterizes our time, indeed, is the way the masses and their wretched condition have burst upon contemporary sensibilities. Art advances between two chasms, which are frivolity and propaganda.

It seems like no matter what you create, there’ll be an inevitable backlash and overenthusiastic praise and that as an artist, you cannot abstain from choosing a side. Instead, the great work eventually confounds all judges. There is no culture without legacy, and we cannot and must not reject anything dangerosuly ours, the legacy of the West. He did not mean the title as a directive with an exclamation point ccamus the end, but rather as a description: In this way the golden rule of contemporary intelligence is applied to matters of art—the rule that insists on the impossibility of making an omelet without breaking eggs.

The former relied on eternal consolations and the latter on raw historical meat. Camus seems to be telling us that in the life of the artist, and this encompasses all of “the arts”, wisdom only declines when it involves no risk and “belongs to a few humanists buried in libraries” p. Camys think this requires more danterously one rereading. What determined the fall of European creahe and the camsu of barbaric dictatorships was the lack of respect for intelligence and intellectuals, who had been conveniently used as a scapegoat – or an enemy – by most governments.


Jul 17, Inside My Library Mind rated it liked it.

Create Dangerously

I wrote about it in a previous Radiohead piece but remain none the wiser. Overall I quite liked it, and found my first experience of Camus to be a pleasant one.

There are many reasons, right now, why this a problem for artists of all sorts, but writers especially. But such overwhelming common sense must not mislead us.

The more canus specializes, in fact, the more necessary popularization becomes. In an age where we face a revival of tribalism and platforms for sharing art, it’s a fine line between subverting one ideology danyerously creating propaganda for another.

There is an obvious logic at play here in that the artist shares their creation with others. The artist constantly lives in such a state of ambiguity, incapable of negating the real and yet eternally bound to question it in its eternally unfinished aspects.

Looked upon thus, beauty has never enslaved anyone.

Someone had quoted just the opening question and first sentence of the excerpt: One on art, one on intelligence, and one on freedom. Mar 14, Olivia Blyth rated it liked it.

Of necessity, his voice is not quite the same; it is not nearly so firm. The greatest renown today consists in being admired or hated without having been read. For Camus, who fought against the Nazis as part of the French Resistance, attacks against intelligence were part and parcel, not just of Nazi Germany, but of greater Europe: How, indeed, could art get along without the real and how could art be subservient to it?

Saying this amounts to saying that today the rebirth depends on our courage and our will to be lucid. It is said that Nietzsche after the break with Lou Salomein a period of complete solitude, crushed and uplifted at the same time by the perspective of the huge work he had to carry on without any help, used to walk at night on the mountains overlooking the gulf of Genoa and light great bonfires of leaves and branches which he would watch as they burned.


Apr 09, Russio rated it it was amazing. As a result, there shines forth fleetingly the ever-threatened truth that each and every man, on the foundation of his own sufferings and joys, builds for all. The tome of all three speeches was beautifully, inherently socialist with the Delivered inCamus’ Create Dangerously speech seems just as applicable today as then.

This was due to the complexity of the story but also vocabulary problems I encountered, because the writing is rather sophisticated. Barbarism is never temporary.

He forwards camue ideal concept of art as an achievement of all mankind throughout history, a common endeavour and a common task of both writers and readers. This short book is a few essays written by French author Albert Camus. We now know that they exist, whereas we once had a tendency to forget them. It is easy to see all that art can lose from such a constant obligation.

I shall say instead that the attitudes I have been describing are lies only insofar as they have but little relation to art. The collection concludes with Bread and Freedomwhere Camus tells us that justice and freedom go hand in hand: And he cannot escape from this ambiguity.

Camus reminds us that this is because we look for good and evil see also Nietzscherather than to understand.

The Myth of Sisyphus: Be bold in constructing new audiences. It seems fitting, in our current tumultuous global climate, to end with the following quote, taken from ‘Bread and Freedom’: This was the first creat this new series that I read and it’s set a pretty disappointing president.