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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

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By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution. For Albert Camus, the urge to revolt is one of the "essential dimensions" of human nature, manifested in man's timeless Promethean struggle against the conditions of his existence, as well as the popular uprisings against established orders throughout history. And ...more
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Published January 1st 1992 by Vintage (first published 1951)
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Jan 17, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
Although I've always been temperamentally skeptical of Utopias, I'm thankful to Camus for completely inoculating me, as a 15-year-old, against the various postures of chic revolt so common among the teenagers of bored, affluent nations. There was no silk-screened Che across my bosom. Revolutions aren't secular versions of the Rapture, in which the "bad" government disappears, to be replaced by a new, "good" one. Revolution is generally a social calamity, a nightmare of inhumanity: one regime dis ...more
Rakhi Dalal
Camus makes me think. He is the author who has the power to steer my thoughts, along the line of his beliefs. He is dead. If he were alive, I am sure he would have supported the readers' movement against the irrational outlook of GR administration as regarding the freedom of readers to express their views. He would have hailed their rebellion and joined in to support, because I am sure he understood that all readers have their own opinions. He wouldn't be bothered by criticism.

As the choreograph
Lucifer has also died with God, and from his ashes has risen a spiteful demon who does not even understand the object of his venture. In 1953, excess is always a comfort, and sometimes a career.

My second reading of Camus’ most divisive and controversial book, The Rebel, achieved something more than the first, perhaps over fifteen years ago. I had not read The Brothers Karamazov then, nor The Devils or Camus’ for-stage adaptation of The Devils: The Possessed, nor Camus’ play, The Just; and, in pa
Rakhi Dalal
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
May 20, 2016 Elham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elham by: Wars
Shelves: france, essay, camus
The Rebel is the longest and at some points most difficult essay I’ve ever read. I think the title of the book itself is enough attractive for both Camus fans and other readers to choose this book.

But who is a rebel?!

A rebel is someone who says no – to a master. He was a slave, a labor, perhaps a mechanical iron man built by bolts and nuts who did whatever he was said to do. But the moment he rises and rebels he feels the stream of blood in his veins. He feels he’s alive. Despite this alive and
به علت ترجمه ی بد و متن سنگین و جذاب نبودن موضوع، نیمه کاره رها کردم.
البته بی انصافی نکنم، بعضی بخش هاش که ترجمه بد نبود و متن هم سنگین نبود، خیلی برام جذاب بود، مثل بخش های مربوط به تحلیل برادران کارامازوف و مارکی دوساد.
Jul 20, 2007 Javier rated it really liked it
I must confess that I didn't find much that was especially insightful in Camus' account of rebellion, revolution, and nihilism here while reading it, but now that I look back on it, I see that he actually has much to say--and that much of it is worthwhile.

Camus begins by defining the rebel as one who affirms by negating, who says yes in saying no--one who decries absolute freedom in establishing limits to acceptable behavior. He thus immediately counterposes the rebel with the nihilist, who, in
May 29, 2007 Renée rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who like to think
Although Camus is remembered more as a literary author than a philosopher, I think this work is fantastic. It's influenced me and my thinking more than any other author (apart from perhaps Nietzsche and George Steiner). Because Camus is such a wonderful author it is also not a particularely difficult read, as opposed to, say, Sartre's philosophical works (I do like Being and Nothingness, but he's really overdoing it), which makes it accessible for those who have not been educated in philosophy a ...more
Mariam Okasha
يمكن أن أقول أن الكتاب رائع حرفياً, فأنا استفدتُ منه كثيراً, الكتاب تحدث عن تاريخ التمرد البشري و عرض فكر كامو المجرد عن نماذج من التاريخ الواقعي أو الأسطوري, نماذج لم يتناولها فكر كامو كما تناولها عامة المفكرين و الفلاسفة و سقوها للعامة, الكتاب عبارة عن نموذج تحرري متمرد على كل الأفكار السابقة عن تلك النماذج و معالجة عدمية تمردية للأفكار.
و يمكن أيضاً أن أنعت الكتاب بالممل و المكرر لأن كامو كان يكرر الأفكار ذاتها بطرق مختلفة, و لهذا مللتُ منه كثيراً في النهاية, لكن و إن كرر الفكرة ألف مرة, لن أ
Dec 20, 2012 Leonard rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
In The Rebel, Albert Camus, the master of existentialism, analyzed the spirit of rebellion from the French Revolution to the Russian Revolution. The Jacobins, rebelled against King and God and by making their principles divine, introduced the Reign of Terror.
Nihilism went further and eliminated absolute principles and its rise during the second half of the nineteenth century created terrorists who renounced virtue and principles and who rebelled against reality and history by destroying them. F
Το δοκίμιο του Camus εκδόθηκε το 1951. Εξήντα τρία χρόνια μετά, διατηρεί ζωντανό τον σφυγμό του. Η κριτική που ασκεί ο Camus στις επαναστατικές επιλογές, που, αδιαφορώντας για την ποδηγέτηση της ελευθερίας του ανθρώπου, κατατείνουν στον ολοκληρωτισμό, είναι οξεία. Υπέρμαχος της ελεύθερης ανθρώπινης υπόστασης, αμφισβητεί την ρητορική ηθικολογία που συγκαλύπτει την πρακτική νομιμοποίηση της βίας, παντί τρόπω. «Ένας σκοπός που προσφεύγει σε άδικα μέσα δεν είναι δίκαιος σκοπός». Απέναντι σε κάθε είδ ...more
Nov 25, 2007 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thinkers
Oh wow, that was an exciting trip. I feel like I've just spent the last few weeks driving at high speed through the desert in an unsuitable vehicle.
I got lost a few times, misplaced my map, ran out of water and my vehicle broke down almost every day; sometimes I feared that I'd never find my way out of the wilderness (or to the end of the chapter). There were some frightening experiences, a bumpy ride (I feel mentally beaten up) and occasional views of the big picture (more beautiful, breathtaki

Interesting book, though I also found it challenging to read. I don't know nearly enough about French literature or philosophy. But the basic question he asks is extremely relevant. We hate injustice, and intuitively it seems clearly right to revolt against unjust authority. So why does it nearly always go so wrong when we do so, and end up with an even worse injustice?
Jim Coughenour
I admit – when I first picked up The Rebel in this artful Penguin edition, I was picturing beatniks with berets and cigarettes contesting over existentialist espressos about the absurdity of man and the imperative to resist. Instead I found myself pounding through pages of difficult, beautifully-phrased polemic, never quite sure what was being argued for or against. It's not so much that Camus meanders as that he seems to take a very long, philosophical-historical route to reach the most obvious ...more
Foad Ansari
Apr 03, 2016 Foad Ansari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
قبلا کتابهای بیگانه و طاعون و چند داستان کوتاه و نمایشنامه از آلبر کامو خوانده بودم ولی هیچ وقت یک اثر فلسفی و نقادانه از او نخوانده ام به فلسفه زیاد علاقه ندارم و زیاد هم چیزی نخواندم.

کتاب عصیانگر تاریخ 300 ساله اروپا و تحولات فکری اروپا و حتی اساطیر یونانی و مسیحیت رو هم مورد بحث قرار میده بیش از 70 درصد نویسندگان مورد اشاره و متفکرانی که کامو درباره ی آنها مینویسد برایم نا آشنا و بیگانه هستند البته از کسانی که میشناسم و کتابهاشون رو خوندم هم کامو نوشته کسانی مثل داستایفسکی و هیتلر و روسو و ما
Mohammed Yusuf
كامو في الإنسان المتمرد : كامو هنا ليس روائيا بل شخصية فنية تحتمل عدة أبعاد منها الفيلسوف , الناقد , المحقق , المؤرخ , المحلل السياسي والإقتصادي
الفكرة العامة : يدور الكتاب حول فكرة التمرد .. التي في أصلها إنكار لنوع معين من الظلم والعبودية( أنا أتمرد إذا نحن موجودون ) تسير بالمتمرد إلى إبطال هذه القوة المستبدة عليه وهي تحمل بعدا جماعيا في صورتها البعيدة يلبسها كامو ثوب الما ورائية لإنكار القدسية الإلهية والتحول بها إلى الإلحاد ( وموجودون وحدنا ) وإيجاد ديانة الفرد الإنساني الأوحد في صورة الوجود
Brittany Binowski
Sep 30, 2013 Brittany Binowski rated it really liked it
Skip the 150 pages in the middle of the book. Just read the beginning and the end. The background and history is long-winded and irrelevant, but the takeaways are golden.

Here's what I got from it:

-The next great war is that between the artists and the conquerors. We don't know who will win, we just know that one of them will win.

-The problem with conquerors is that they can destroy, but they can't create. The problem with artists is that they can create, but they can't destroy. The victor, or th
Foteini Daila
May 19, 2016 Foteini Daila rated it liked it
Ένα τέτοιο δοκίμιο δεν μπορεί να σχολιαστεί (θεωρώ) εδώ. Απαιτείται συζήτηση πρόσωπο με πρόσωπο. Το μόνο που μπορώ να πω, είναι ότι αξίζει να διαβαστεί. Έχει πάρα πολλά στοιχεία (άλλα με τα οποία θα ταυτιστεί κανείς και άλλα θα τα απορρίψει), τα οποία δίνουν τροφή για σκέψη και για συζήτηση.
Leila Hashemi
Aug 20, 2014 Leila Hashemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صفحه به صفحه این کتاب باید خوند و عمیقا بهش فکر کرد.تو این کتاب کامو دیگه مثل قبلا یک داستان روایت نمیکنه،مقاله فلسفی هست در سه بخش عصیانگر متافیزیکی و تاریخی و هنر .تو این کتاب عصیان رو در مقابل نیست انگاری قرار میده و روح عصیانگری رو میبره تو قالب یک انقلابی یک هنرمند و مکتب ها و نظریه های سایر فیلسوف ها رو مورد بحث قرار میده که چطور یک انسان طاغی میتونه با سرکشی و روحیه عصیانگریش آبادی و خرابی به بار بیاره .خیلی جاها تو کتاب مثل قسمت تاریخی و فلسفی واقعا نیاز داره که از قبل با شخصیت ها آشنایی ...more
Léelo, o no lo leas. En realidad no importa demasiado.
Mohamadreza Rahnama

آزادی مطلق، عدالت را به سخره می گیرد. عدالت مطلق، آزادی را انکار می کند. برای اینکه بتوان به نتیجه رسید، این هر دو، باید محدودیت های خود را در بطن دیگری بیابند.

فرد ممکن است این گونه بیاندیشد که دوره زمانی که در آن 70 میلیون انسان نابود شده، اسیر شده یا کشته شده اند، باید فورا و بی درنگ محکوم شود. اما با این وجود، دلیل آن باید که درک و شناخته شود.

هر ایدئولوژی، در تضاد با روانشناسی انسان است.

هر نوع سرکشی، دلالت بر نوعی سازگاری و وحدت دارد.

Sep 05, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
this was way harder to read than it should have been for someone who a] actually likes camus, b] is fascinated by social movement theory, and c] has nothing to do on the train but read. however, i found myself putting it down to stare out the window far too often to say i really enjoyed it. he seemed almost too self-conscious about his own theory - and too hung up on other people's theories - to really make it a compelling read.
Enfin, ce l'ho fatta! Un libro splendido e importante, scritto in una prosa da grande letterato. Non solo un excursus culturale a tutto tondo sulla figura del ribelle (si passa da Sade a Rimbaud, i surrealisti, i nichilisti russi, Nietzsche, la Rivoluzione Francese, il Marxismo, alla rivolta nella letteratua e nelle arti figurative), ma una vera rilfessione filosofica sulla rivolta, la sua importanza morale e sociale e la sua differenza ontologica dalla rivoluzione.

Si parla di grazia infranta, d
On page 303 of Albert Camus's windy, long-form essay on the nature of rebellion, the failures of religion, Nihilism and Marxism, he approaches the point:

"Man can master in himself everything that should be mastered. He should rectify in creation everything that can be rectified. And after he has done so, children will still die unjustly even in a perfect society. Even by his greatest effort man can only propose to diminish arithmetically the sufferings of the world. But the injustice and the su
Feb 18, 2008 matt rated it liked it

You know those kinds of books which you read amid the din of everyday life and you eventually finish while the whole time you realize that so much has gone past, gone by, that you can only feel the whoosh of wisdom, ideas and reflections going right over your head?

That's sort of how I feel about this book.

It's the sort of feeling when you are reading more or less the way you usually do- a lot of attention here, too little attention there- and all the while you just know in your bones that you'r
Jul 22, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it
Very dense. The kind of book that you really need to concentrate on to understand it. Best read in a quiet place. Also, helps if you know French history. Still, very enlightening intellectually.
Al Bità
Jan 27, 2009 Al Bità rated it did not like it
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Ameera H.  Al-mousa

قراءة , في كيان المتمرد , من يقول : لا ! في وجه واقع الحال, والدين واللاهوت والفكر والسياسية والإيدلوجيا القمعية السائدة , تمرد لاورائي , وقراءة في تمرد الملحدين .

كتاب تعيش معه فترة ظلامية أقتصرت على اليعقوبية والآله القديمة , لم يتنبأ ألبير لتمرد العصور الحديثة .

Matthew Quest
Albert Camus's The Rebel is an amazing book. It is not an easy read, thought it begins in an accessible way. Discussing rebellion in historical and philosophical terms, it begins with his existential "all or nothing" premise. That the enslaved or alienated must choose to live.

But then he takes the reader on a journey in the history of philosophy and historical revolutions. In concise anecdotes, covering the French Revolution to the Russian Revolutions, Rousseau, Hegel, Marx, Lenin, Nietzsche, T
Jan 27, 2016 blakeR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew. This is one book that I will unabashedly confirm my pride in having read. It was that difficult. In the past I probably would have given up on it. But I picked it up in honor of Camus' 100th birthday and it would have been disrespectful to his memory to leave it unfinished.

What's more, it was damn compelling and thought-provoking for a good chunk of the time. Not uniformly -- there was a ton of stuff that just flew over my head -- but all of the "Historical Rebellion" (Part III), for inst
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Albert Camus was an Algerian-born French author, philosopher, and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. He is often cited as a proponent of existentialism (the philosophy that he was associated with during his own lifetime), but Camus himself rejected this particular label. Specifically, his views contributed to the rise of the more current philosophy known as absurdis ...more
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“Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.” 524 likes
“If we believe in nothing, if nothing has any meaning and if we can affirm no values whatsoever, then everything is possible and nothing has any importance.” 100 likes
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