تابستان الجزایر
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تابستان الجزایر

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71 pages
Published by کتابسرای تندیس (first published 1954)
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This review is from Lyrical and Critical Essays which was placed here due to size constraints.

The third Lyrical Essay ‘Summer’ (L’ Eté). FOUR STARS

Of the three books of lyrical essays in this book, ‘Summer’ is the least cohesive as a work as a whole. While the theme of Algeria holds many of the essays together, and the further themes of nature and man-in-nature still interweave, they cover such a wide period of Camus’ writing life (from 1939 to 1953) that it never really felt like a single essay...more
Il saggio si compone in ulteriori sotto-saggi, che ho assaporato come piccole minute delizie. Si delinea un certo cambiamento in senso più vigoroso e ottimistico rispetto al "Mito di Sisifo", in quanto la prospettiva di una possibile riconciliazione tra uomo e vita appare evidente, quasi dato di fatto.
Il passaggio che più ho apprezzato è "L'esilio di Elena", che parla, non senza una certa dose di romanticismo, del divario tra la società equilibrata, armoniosa e ordinata dei Greci e la nostra od...more
S.D. Johnson
In these essays Camus mostly returns to his native Algeria, a place which he clearly has very mixed feelings about, although the volume as a whole also abounds with the influence of Greek myth and philosophy. The first essay Le Minotaure begins with a beautiful lament for the absence of solitary places and a declaration of their necessity—

«Il n’y a plus de deserts. Il n’y a plus d’îles. Le besoin pourtant s’en fait sentir. Pour comprendre le monde, il faut parfois se détourner; pour mieux serve...more
Amir Mojiry
May 19, 2012 Amir Mojiry rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amir by: Maryam Muhammadi
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بعد از بیگانه این دومین کتابیه که از کامو می خونم. کتاب توصیف فضاهای مختلفی از الجزایره. توصیف هایی که فقط معطوف به توصیف های خشک و بی روح از فضاهای مادی نمی شه بلکه بیش تر به بیان احساساتی که با دیدن صحنه های مختلف و مردم الجزایر برای کامو پیش اومده می پردازه.
حالا نمی دونم مشکل از ترجمه بوده یا خود متن که بعضی جاهای کتاب واقعن گنگ شده بود برام (البته احتمال داره که مشکل از خودم هم بوده باشه!) در کل کتاب قشنگی بود. و به ترتیب فصل سوم، فصل اول و فصل دومش برام لذت بخش بودند. فصل سومش به خاطر این ک...more
This sample of Camus' philosophical essays should not just be read, but reread. Therefore my comments here do not form a review, just a view. His writing and thoughts are deceptively simple, yet rich and thoughtprovoking. He often contrasts Europe and Algeria, his country of birth, as well as the ancient and the modern world. His depiction of boxing in the extended essay appearing first in this selection, 'Minotaur or the halt at Oran', intrigues even me, who abhors boxing as activity. The most...more
Mustafa Aiglon
En güzel yanı Albert Camus'nun 1939'dan 1953'e kaleminin gelişimine tanıklık edebilmek. 1939 ve 1940'da yazdıklarına 2 yıldız, diğerlerine 4 yıldız verdim aslında. belki ilk yazdıkları daha büyük cümleler içeriyor ama okutmuyor kendini. ancak sonra yazılanlar tam bir ustalık eseri.
Mary Arkless
Boring! It took me all day, while at the beach, to read these 54 pages.

He does describe young, beautiful people well, but that isn't enough to save this book.
Almost killed myself until I finished the translation into Persian and i am still not happy with the results...
This series of essays by Camus come together to present his love affair with his native Algiers. Finding it's simplicity and brutality simultaneously both beautiful and ridiculous, his relationship with North Africa seems to be hot and cold. In the end, even those things he finds absurd cannot detract from the beauty of the feelings and thoughts the surrounding simplicity inspires in him. The ingenuous surroundings strip away the confusion, pretence and distraction of the world's great cities an...more
I only read part of this collection, and that was "Summer" a collection of essays in which Camus lyrically describes different places in Algeria, most notably Oran. He speaks of the desert, of the culture, and of other things. But the book was so tiny that I don't have much else to say. Worth the read simply for whoever translated it so beautifully.
In awe of Camus once again. His reflection helped me understand a lot more his connection to Algeria and its significance int he stranger. I was pleased to see that like me, Camus has a deep soul connection to a place. If only I could express myself as eloquently as he does in "Summer in Algiers".
It’s clear that Camus has a love-hate relationship with Algiers. It’s a place for the young, and where he is constantly in awe of the sparse beauty of the land and the people. And yet he senses the foreboding emptiness of its life; a kind of sad hopelessness that is inevitable in a land where there is “nothing on which to hang a mythology, a literature, an ethic or a religion, but stones, flesh, stars and those truths the hand can touch”.

It’s a fairly melancholy essay, one which can’t seem to de...more
"For there is only misfortune in not being loved; there is misery in not loving. We all, today, are dying of this misery."

Ingrid Sinclair
The best 55 pages of travel writing you are likely to read. And reread. Exquisite.
George Georgiadis
Ατόφιο, ξεκάθαρο, δίκαιο πεντάρι. Το καλοκαίρι είναι όντως αήττητο και ο Αλγερινός το διατύπωσε αυτό όσο πιο πειστικά γίνεται.
This is a collection of lyrical essays in which Camus explores his love/hate relationship with Algiers, the country of his birth. He explores the nature of the landscape and the native people, and seems to conclude that, although both have a natural brutality to them, they are both beautiful. He also draws heavily on Greek mythology but I sometimes found these references too forced.
Akıcı ve kısa bir roman..Biran Ankara daki Oran la karıştırmıştım hemen romanın başlangıcında :)Neyseki Ankara Oran diil Cezayir Oran Albert Camus un anlattığı..Bir şehir anca böyle güzel tarif edilir arada Yunan ve Avrupa felsefelerine değinip..
"Yunan düşüncesi her zaman sınır düşününe sığınmıştır.Bizim Avrupa'mız, tersine,tümlüğün fethine çıkmıştır, ölçüsüzlüğün kızıdır."
ada baris2 ayat yg mampu kejutkan otak yg tertidur,
ada patah2 perkataan yg memperlekehkan pengetahuan am kita ttg karekter2 mitos greek, betapa menghambat kita ke wikipedia sekelip mata.
ada kata-kata berbunga yg meruntun hati.

Tapi kalau ditanya buku ini mengisahkan apa... aku sama sekali tak jumpa satu kisah pun di dalamnya.
Jeffrey  Sylvester
This book is okay. And outside of making me want to visit the Casbah World Heritage site in Algiers, the Algiers influence on Camus was cool limited to the Stranger, in my opinion. With Camus, I'd stick to the Stranger.
Laura Munson
This is a great book for sorting out what it is to love the city and love the country and try to make sense of both. It's what I'm reading on this summer day in Montana.
I am curious to know how Algeria as it is compares with the images Camus presents in this little book. A veritable paradise perhaps?
A tad patchy but the first and second last essay transport you completely. It's worth it just for that.
Feb 26, 2013 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Camus lovers
Camus beautifully portrays life in Algiers in 1939. I like this very short but well-written essay.
wonderful study of the psychological effect of Algeria on the mind of Camus.
"Les vrais monuments d'Oran, ce son encore ses pierres."
...thus, fiction is my real path.
Lyrisme et magie de ces textes courts !

Particulièrement séduite par "La mer au plus près" !
Waysofreading marked it as to-read
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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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