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France in focus

Albert Camus: The rise of a literary icon

FRANCE IN FOCUS
FRANCE IN FOCUS © FRANCE 24
By: Nadia CHARBIT | Stéphanie CHEVAL | Sonia BARITELLO | Joanna COCKERELL
14 min

This week, we're putting the focus on Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus. As 2020 saw France mark 60 years since his death in a car crash, Camus's seminal work "The Plague" was unexpectedly thrust back into the spotlight by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the UK to Japan, the 1947 novel established itself as a global sensation, topping sales charts and pushing publishers into a rushed reprint. But Camus's prolific and multi-faceted career extends far beyond this viral hit. We tell you more about the author's life, starting with his humble beginnings in French-ruled Algeria. 

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