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الإنسان الأول

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Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 10: 9788845291562

Tra i rottami dell’automobile sulla quale Camus ha trovato la morte fu rinvenuto un manoscritto con correzioni, varianti e cancellature: la stesura originaria de Il primo uomo, sulla quale la figlia Catherine, dopo un meticoloso lavoro filologico, ha ricostruito il testo qui pubblicato. Ne risulta
245 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1994)
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Jun 11, 2007 Lorena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Arguably my favorite book.
Jul 04, 2009 Edward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of my favorite quotes:

-“There are people who vindicate the world, who help others live just by their presence” (35).

-“There is a terrible emptiness in me, an indifference that hurts” (36).
-“…dependence and necessity remain, and that is not far from resembling love” (222).
-“her son, endlessly, watched her in the shadows with a lump in his throat, staring at her thin bent back, filled with an obscure anxiety in the presence of adversity he could not understand” (228).
-“She embraced him, and t
Aug 06, 2007 matt marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think I'll be done with all of Camus' fiction after I read this.
Elisabeth Jaffe
This book is interesting in that it not only describes one man's search for information about his father but also the writing process of an author. Camus died before he could complete this book and throughout there are footnotes describing parts of the book on which he wanted to expand. It also goes through the emotional stages of this man as he explores his father's life, a man he never knew.
'El primer hombre' es la novela inacabada que Canys estaba escribiendo cuando murió en un accidente de coche a los 46 años. Se trata también de su novela más autobiográfica, porque habla ni más ni menos de un niño francés que vive en Argel y que está avergonzado de la pobreza y la ignorancia de su familia, una familia formada por una madre medio sorda y ausente, una abuela autoritaria y un tío sordo, y sin padre porque murió en la primera guerra mundial cuando hacía poco que Camus había nacido. ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about Camus and for anyone who enjoys his writing. The book was unfinished and in his daughter's introduction, reveals more of the writer than what typically appeared in a finished manuscript. Despite missing words, the writing is strong, centering on a few themes- Algeria, childhood, poverty and politics. Who else can write as succinctly and as empathetically as Camus (in first draft!), as in passages describing his family's outlook: " ...more
Sep 29, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
This is Camus's unfinished autobiographical novel that he was working on at his untimely death in a car accident in France in 1960. (Supposedly the manuscript was found in his briefcase at the scene.) It's the story of young Jacques Cormery, who never knew his father - he died in World War I when Jacques was an infant - being raised in extreme poverty in Algeria by his illiterate grandmother and illiterate, nearly deaf-mute mother (she has a vocabulary of 400 words). It's a moving, poignant, lyr ...more
Aug 13, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Reading this latest "The First Man" (1995) "published thirty-five years after its discovery amid the wreckage of the car accident that killed its author" (back cover) is of course a bit disappointing due to its evidently unfinished story. Moreover, some of its generously-inserted footnotes have not fully clarified, I think, its readers to appreciate more, rather they seem to distract them into vaguely understandable information, for instance:

Three days ago they had finished over the Atlantic, …,
Chris Watson
Nov 09, 2009 Chris Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Camus' last book, unfinished.

It was intended to be a great opus, covering pre-war Algeria, invasion and occupation in the Second World War, the post-war period and the Algerian war of independence.

There are a few asides to Algeria and France during the time of the Algerian War, but most of what he finished was the earliest phase of the story: pre-war Algeria, with the protagonist as a child growing up in a family of poor illiterates; learning to read and gaining a scholarship to the lyc
Erika Dreifus
Albert Camus was a forty-six-year-old Nobel laureate in literature when he died in an automobile crash on January 4, 1960. Found amid the debris was an unfinished manuscript, one which remained unpublished until it appeared in France as Le Premier Homme in 1994.

Why the delay? In a compelling introduction to the American edition, Catherine Camus reminds readers of the mood in France in 1960, when her father's moral stances—particularly his open criticism of Soviet totalitarianism and his advocacy
أغبط من عاشوا في النصف الاول من القرن الماضي الي ستيناته ...
فترة التقلبات و الثورات ..
وبزوغ الرؤى والافكار ...
أغبطهم أيضا لغنى الفترة بكثير من المبدعين ...الذين أتسمت أبدعاتهم بالثورة و النضج وتفرد كل منهم بفلسفة خاصه ...ورؤية تستحق الاحترام
ربما كان ألبير كامو من أعظم أفرازات هذا العصر
وروايته الانسان الاول (التي تعد أخر أعماله ) هي نتاج مخاض فكري عميق أمتاز بالوعي و تنقيح العديد من الافكار الطافية على السطح في هذا الوقت ...
الانسان الاول هي قصة طفل فرنسي نشأ في الجزائر و عرف أول ما عرف ان دولته
Jun 19, 2011 Isabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
I studied Camus in school, like all French schoolchildren. Apart from chosen excerpts that always pepper young readers' school anthologies, you tackle Camus in high school when you get to Existentialism in your history of French literature curriculum. Well, I remember clearly that I had liked Camus the best... I am not a fan of the Existentialist Posse, that is for sure... but Camus is different somehow, not sure if it the Algerian sun, the very modest origins... he is just so human, so vulnerab ...more
This begins my Camus’ Centenary year (he was born in 1913) reading list. I plan on reading even more widely than I have of his oeuvre this year, and revisiting some of his works, particularly if there’s a new translation I have not read. On the 7th of November, there will be a celebration at my house.

Now, reviewing a rescued-partial-first-draft manuscript turned into a book is a different kind of thing to other books. When you hover over the fifth star in Goodreads, it says ‘it was amazing’, so
Dave Groff
Jan 25, 2013 Dave Groff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this long ago, but it is a favorite. A very different Camus, very warm and human. His final work, it makes one all the sadder that this great writer did not live longer.
Henry Martin
It is not often that I struggle to find words; yet, this is one of those times. Reading this unfinished manuscript has left me without words to express how I feel about it. It's not a novel - it's a glimpse into the mind of a great man as he looks back on what was and what was not. It is a rare glimpse into his likes, dislikes, memories, relationships, upbringing, social settings... This 'novel' is full of inconsistencies, missing words, and notes. Nevertheless, such is life - impure, fragmented ...more
Jun 17, 2013 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was not what I expected. Due to the philosophical, melancholy nature of the first two Camus books I’ve read, (The Stranger and The Plague), I expected this book to be more academic, but it was far from it; it’s a more personal book, nostalgic, full of feelings and memories.

This book is considered to be an autobiographical novel, and its unedited manuscript was found in the car wreckage in which Camus was killed. Even for an unedited piece of work, it is simply a masterpiece. It was int
Theresa Leone Davidson
OK, the hubby has never heard me say, "One of the best I've ever read," but he heard it when I finished this. Camus' other books that I recently read, The Stranger and The Fall, were both good, worthy of the five star rating I gave them, but in comparison, this deserves ten stars. It is about a man (it is autobiographical, so it's about Camus himself) who returns to the Algerian neighborhood in which he grew up to see his mom, visit the grave of the father he never knew, and try to learn more ab ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
The manuscript of this was among the possessions of the passengers that were pulled from the wreckage of the car accident that killed Camus. This was his last, and unfinished, work, and for some reason it took over 30 years for it to finally appear in print, a delay that may have lessened its impact. In his far-too-short life, he was an internationally revered writer and thinker, a winner of the Nobel Prize at a young age, a man who brought creative writing, philosophy, and political activity to ...more
Jul 31, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: study, 2015
“Because,' Cormery went on, 'when I was very young, very foolish, and very much alone ... you paid attention to me and, without seeming to, you opened for me the door to everything I love in the world.”
― Albert Camus, The First Man
Noura Khalil
Feb 24, 2015 Noura Khalil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 16, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Camus & readers who don't mind winding prose
Who knew I would be reading Camus' last novel as though it was his first? In this world of the passed away French-Algiers, the present and past are blurred, as a man recalls his childhood, and the voice of the third-person narrator is so close, it might as well be first-person. This harrowing account of a fatherless boy living in poverty is so pure that it's perfect in its stimulation. How can an author who grew so popular for his structural peculiarity in The Stranger, bring us such a completel ...more
I thought I had read all of Albert Camus's novels--turns out I was right and I was wrong. The First Man is an unfinished manuscript Camus was working on at the time of his death. It's fairly long for a book by Camus, but based on his notes, it would have been much longer in the final version.

Here we have a bildungsroman that is told from Jacques's perspective as a boy and, intermittently, as a 40-year-old man. The novel is written in great detail, all the peculiarities of being French in Algeria
Paul Martin
Oct 13, 2015 Paul Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2015
Catherine Camus explains in the introduction that had her father lived to see the novel he was working on published, it would not be nearly as personal and revealing as this unfinished manuscript. I am of course not in any way glad that Camus died in the tragic way he did, but I honestly can't help but feel that it would have been a tremendous loss had this not been published.

I have read most of his novels, and while I like them all very much, I also suspect that if Camus lived until he was 100
Leo Robertson
Feb 22, 2016 Leo Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adds an unexpected dimension to Camus' philosophy: that it was written by a regular guy whose daily worries, ponderings, misgivings and regrets found him just as much as ours find us. That's of course a major point of his philosophy, that inherent flaws in the machine make regrets, worries, mistakes and absolute communion between people impossible, but gone in this work is the darkly ironic facade. This time we find reassurance in that Camus is as he was basically trying to convince us he was an ...more
Mohamad Yoosofi
این داستان نیمهکاره آخرین اثر آلبر کامو است که مرگ، به نویسنده فرصت نداده آن را به فرجام برساند. ظاهراً این اثر زندگینامهی خودنوشت نویسنده نیز هست و بر روایتهای آن، رنگی از واقعیت نمایان است. ماجراهای این داستان دربرگیرندهی زندگی شخصیت اصلی آن، ژاک کورمری، است از ابتدای تولد تا چهلسالگی؛ منتها بخش عمدهی آنچه کامو مجال نوشتنش را یافته، به دوران کودکی و نوجوانی و تجربههای آن برمیگردد؛ بهویژه رویدادهایی که در محیط مدرسه و جمع دوستان برای او رخ میدهد. در سرتاسر این داستان، در خلال هر چیزی که روایت م ...more
Reza ghavami
Feb 26, 2016 Reza ghavami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب آخرین اثر آلبر کاموست که بدلیل مرگش ناتمام موند ولی خواهرش به هرصورتی که بود اونو چاپ کرد بعد مرگ کامو،و اینکه در واقع این کتاب خود زندگی نویسندس از بچگی تا سن چهل سالگی که دوران کودکی و نوجوانیش رو خودش نوشته و از اونجا به بعد خواهرش اونو تکمیل کرده از طریق دست نوشته هایی که بعد مرگ کامو پیداکرده و قسمتی از این دست نوشته ها و نامه ها نیز آخر کتاب اورده شده و واقعا کتاب خوبیه و باز همون تقکرش رو دوباره کامو اومده صحبت کرده ولی اینبار زندگی خودشو توضیح داده و نوشته که چطور میشه فقیر بود ...more
ديـــــنا العثامين
تتحدث عن فكرة الإنسان الذي يبحث عن اصله مرمزه بجاك وبحثه عن والده المتوفى

لم احبها ولا اعرف لماذا !
Jim Fonseca
Apr 13, 2016 Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors
Basically an autobiography by Camus. The manuscript was found in the car when Camus died in a car crash in 1960, when he was 57, and just 3 years after he won the Nobel Prize. It’s clearly a draft with a lot of footnotes and other notes that that show a writer at work. (Change names; don’t use the real names; develop; illegible; add this; take out that.) Obviously it could use editing, but it’s a good book as is.

In an editor’s note we’re told the manuscript was not published until 1994 (by his
Foad Ansari
Aug 10, 2016 Foad Ansari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب رو بعد از مرگ آلبر کامو و توسط همسرش و خانواده و دوساتانش جمع آوری شده و بر اساس یادداشتها ی اون نوشته شده
مطمن هستم اگر کامو خودش زنده بود نمیگذاشت این کتاب به این شکل چاپ بشه یعنی درهم وبرهم و ناخوشایند
حالا میفهمم چرا نویسنده ها قبل از خودکشی دست نوشته های خودشون رو میسوزانند
به خاطر اینکه اینطوری و شتابزده چاپ نشه
این دلسوزی برای چاپ آثار نویسنده بعد از مرگ فکر کنم باعث بشه تن نویسنده های بزرگ بیشتر توی گور بلرزه
Oct 08, 2016 Majid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: camus
"آدم اول" کامو سرگذشت پسرکی به نام "ژاک" است که در در دو بخش روایت میشود. داستان از تولد او آغاز میشود. سپس او برای یافتن جزئیاتی از زندگی پدرش که در جنگ کشته شده است به محل دفنش میرود. پس از آن، کامو خواننده را به دوران کودکی ژاک میبرد و چگونگی بزرگ شدن او را با توصیفاتی دقیق و خواندنی شرح میدهد.
"ژاک ناگزیر شده بود خود را دستتنها، بیپدر، پرورش دهد و هرگز آن لحظهها را به خود ندیده بود که پدری پس از آنکه صبر میکند تا پسرش به سن گوش دادن برسد او را صدا میزند تا راز خانواده را، یا دردی کهنه را، ی
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care ...more
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