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By Robert Zaretsky
In his Nobel Prize recognition speech, Albert Camus declared writer's responsibility is twofold: "the refusal to lie approximately what one is aware and the resistance opposed to oppression." those dual obsessions aid clarify anything of Camus' awesome personality, that is the overarching topic of this sympathetic and full of life booklet. via an exploration of subject matters that preoccupied Camus--absurdity, silence, rebellion, constancy, and moderation--Robert Zaretsky portrays a moralist who refused to be fooled by way of the nobler names we assign to our activities, and who driven himself, and people approximately him, to problem the established order. even though we don't face an analogous hazards that threatened Europe while Camus wrote "The Myth""of Sisyphus" and "The Stranger," we confront different alarms. Herein lies Camus' abiding importance. studying his paintings, we turn into extra considerate observers of our personal lives. For Camus, uprising is an everlasting human , a undying fight opposed to injustice that makes existence worthy residing. yet uprising can also be bounded by means of self-imposed constraints--it is a noble if most unlikely excellent. this sort of contradiction means that if there is not any cause of desire, there's additionally no party for despair--a sentiment might be larger suited to the traditional tragedians than sleek political theorists yet one whose knowledge abides. but we must never venerate pain, Camus cautions: the world's good looks calls for our recognition not less than life's teach of injustices. That popularity allows him to claim: "It used to be the center of iciness, i ultimately learned that, inside of me, summer season was once inextinguishable."
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That is, if the charges had not been trumped up simply to force their departure. 84 While Italian, German, Spanish, Greek and Latin books can be found among her collection, English books of any genre are rare. 89 While Ronsard’s inter- 24 Mary Queen of Scots and French Public Opinion est in Mary was transitory, reﬂecting the political realities of the period, Mary’s interest in Ronsard remained ﬁrm. An edition of his poetry was to reach Mary in captivity at Shefﬁeld, at which time Mary promised to send via her secretary to England, Claude Nau, two thousand écus and ‘a vase which was decorated with a rock representing Parnassus and Pegasus.
Internationally, increasing brinkmanship between Spain and England from 1585 intensiﬁed the need to eliminate the Queen of Scots, who remained a focus for division and conspiracy in the kingdom. On 14 and 15 October, therefore, under the Act of Association, Mary was indicted. Ten days later, on 25 October, the Star Chamber at Westminster declared Mary guilty of complicity to assassinate Elizabeth. Predictably, Parliament placed pressure on Elizabeth to pronounce the sentence of death, which with some hesitation was decreed on 4 December 1586.
96 Charles IX and Henry III both recognised that the opportunity for any alliance against England was conditioned by political and economic circumstances. France was debilitated by civil war, there was a need to circumscribe the power of Spain, and in any case, the political climate in Scotland was such that, as a Protestant country developing ever–closer links with England, it hardly encouraged conditions for a successful alliance with France. The result was, of course, a complicated and difﬁcult situation.
A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning by Robert Zaretsky