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Paperback, Penguin Twentieth Century Classics, 192 pages
Published 1975 by Penguin Group (first published 1942)
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فرشاد
Aug 25, 2016 فرشاد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چگونه میتوان از پوچی لذت برد؟ تا زمانیکه کسی فالودهی شیرازی میخورد، این مساله وجود دارد.

پوچی از نظر کامو چیست؟ یک زندگی کاملا یکنواخت، بدون هدف و مقصود، بدون معنا، بدون خلاقیت و تغییر، بدون پیشرفت و توام با یاس و ناامیدی.

سوال اصلی این کتاب چیست؟ این است که آیا بعد از درک این پوچی باید خودکشی کنیم؟

پاسخ کامو چیست؟ او میگوید پوچی نباید انسان را به خودکشی سوق دهد. پوچی نقطهی آغاز است نه پایان. انسان بعد از درک پوچی، باید با اشتیاق، دست به عصیان بزند. اشتیاق چیست؟ همان میل وافر به تجربه. منظور از عصی
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Erik Graff
May 28, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: troubled teens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
By the end of high school I was a very unhappy person and had been so since our family moved from unincorporated Kane County to Park Ridge, Illinois when I was ten. At the outset the unhappiness was basically consequent upon leaving a rural setting, small school and friendly, integrated working-class neighborhood for a reactionary suburb, large school and unfriendly upper middle-class populace whose children were, by and large, just as thoughtlessly racist and conservative as their parents were. ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The myth of Sisyphus and other essays, Albert Camus
عنوان: افسانه سیزیف؛ آلبر کامو؛ مترجمها: علی صدوقی؛ محمدعلی سپانلو؛ اکبر افسری؛ محمدصادق رئیسی؛ محمود سلطانیه؛ افسانه نجومی؛
نخستین بار مطبوعاتی فرخی در سال 1342 در 154 ص، با ترجمه ی محمدعلی سپانلو و علی صدوقی
خدایان سیزیف را محکوم کرده بودند، که دائما سنگی را به بالای کوهی بغلطاند، تا جایی که سنگ بخاطر وزنش فرو افتد. آنها فکر میکردند تنبیهی وحشتناکتر از انجام کاری عبث و بیهوده وجود ندارد. اما به گفته ی هومر، سیزیف خردمندترین و محتاط ترین موجود
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Zanna
Jul 29, 2013 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good friend introduced me to Nietzsche in my early teens, and Nietzsche and I have had a turbulent relationship ever since. One of the first adult books I read was Kafka's The Trial and Nietzsche was there too, inviting me to step off the city on poles into the bottomless swamp.

Oh baby hold my hand
we're gonna walk on water


Nietzsche said there are no facts, no truth. After he said this, some philosophers stopped writing like Kant and wrote like poets. Camus says here that 'there is no truth,
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Luís C.
As soon as the character of The Stranger abandoned to his sad fate, the desire to stay a little while in the company of Albert Camus came naturally.
From a chronological point of view, the choice of the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, also published in 1942 in the framework of the tetralogy "The cycle of the absurd", seems self-evident.
"There is only one serious philosophical problem: it is suicide." In spite of this first sentence, the end of which smacks like a whip, this essay does not make the ap
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
Feb 24, 2011 Ian "Marvin" Graye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who prefers Rolling Stones to Beatles albums
The One True Philosophical Problem

"The Myth of Sisyphus" purports to be about the "one truly philosophical problem [of] suicide".

Perhaps, it's a little sensationalist to define the problem in these terms, at least in the 21st century. Even Camus himself immediately restated the problem as "judging whether life is or is not worth living".

Maybe another way is to ask whether, if life is not worth living, does it follow that we should cease to live, e.g., by committing suicide? (It's interesting how
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، در این کتابِ 200 صفحه ای، <آلبر کامو> به مسائلی چون یک تعقل پوچ- انسانِ پوچ- خلقتِ پوچ و در پایان به افسانهٔ <سیزیف> پرداخته است و البته خودش هدف از نوشتن این کتاب را رابطهٔ میانِ "پوچی" و "خودکشی" میداند و اینکه خودکشی راه حلی مناسب است برایِ پوچی
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عزیزانم، افسانهٔ <سیزیف> در موردِ مردی است که خدایان او را محکوم کرده بودند که پیوسته تخته سنگی را تا قلهٔ کوهی بالا ببرد و از آنجا آن تخت
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Nahed.E
Dec 05, 2014 Nahed.E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فرنسي
عنوان الكتاب هو أسطورة سيزيف
وسيزيف هو الشاب اليوناني الذي حكمت عليه آلهة اليونان بعقاب غريب ومؤلم للغاية
وهو أن يجلس تحت سفح جبل عال تعلوه صخرة عملاقة
ثم تسقط الصخرة فجأة فوق رأس الشاب .. إلا انها تتوقف قبل رأسه بأمتار قليلة ولك ان تتخيل رعب الشاب وهو ينظر ويجد الصخرة تهوي فوق رأسه ، والأمر لا يتوقف عند هذا ، بل أن الشاب محكوم عليه بأن يحمل الصخرة فوق كتفيه ويصعد الجبل ليضعها فوق قمته ، ثم تسقط الصخرة مرة أخري ، ليحملها الشاب ، وهكذا إلي الابد
وقد اختار ألبير كامي هذا العنوان ليعبر عن الفكرة التي
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BlackOxford
Assisted Living

It was that Jewish heretic Paul of Tarsus who gave us the idea that we are not in charge of our lives but are merely responsible for them to God who owns us. It was the English philosopher John Locke, a heretic to Pauline Calvinism, who casually pointed out that in fact our lives are the only thing we do have complete charge over, the only thing every one of us owns and can dispose of. And it was Albert Camus, a heretic to any and all sources of power, who took Locke entirely seri
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Steven  Godin
This was a fascinating insight into a thought provoking question, Albert Camus suggests that suicide amounts to a confession that life is not worth living. He links this confession to what he calls the "feeling of absurdity", that on the whole, we go through life with meaning and purpose, with a sense that we do things for good and profound reasons. Occasionally, however for some at least, we might come to see our daily lives dictated primarily by the forces of habit, thus bringing into question ...more
inverted_a
Sep 01, 2012 inverted_a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Η πιο δυνατή πρώτη σελίδα που έχω διαβάσει μέχρι στιγμής στη ζωή μου.

Η έκδοση του Μπουκουμάνη είναι η καλύτερη εκεί έξω (για όσους μπορούν να την βρουν).
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Camus (1913–1960) is not a philosopher so much as a novelist with a strong philosophical bent. He is most famous for his novels of ideas, such as The Stranger and The Plague, both of which are set in the arid landscape of his native Algeria.

Camus studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, which brought him into contact with two of the major branches of twentieth century philosophy: existentialism and phenomenology. Existentialism arises from an awareness that there is no pre-ordaine
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Yakup
Dec 06, 2015 Yakup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Birçok sayfada kendimi buldum. Sorgulayan ve farkındanlık ile yoğrulmuş bir bilincin mutlaka içinde kendine bir pay bulabileceği bir baş yapıt...
Junta
Jan 26, 2016 Junta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read some philosophical works before
Recommended to Junta by: The Stranger, The Plague, feeling existential
Hallelujah, I've finished. I think this was the slowest pace at which I read a book since joining Goodreads. For now (and possibly for eternity), three points:

1. if I were Sisyphus, a good punishment the gods could deal out to me would be to ceaselessly make me re-read this for eternity;
2. as much as I struggled with this book, I don't regret picking it up - as Calvino says, Every new book I read comes to be a part of that overall and unitary book that is the sum of my readings... things won't b
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Andrei Tamaş
Oct 20, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Nu există decât o problemă filosofică într-adevăr importantă: sinuciderea. A hotărî dacă viată merită sau nu trăită înseamnă a răspunde la problema fundamentală a filosofiei!" Aşa priveşte Camus, iar raţionamentul lui este destul de simplu: dat fiind că problema crucială a filosofiei este aceea de a hotărî dacă viată merită sau nu trăită, nu are rost -e absurd!- să mergi cu gândirea mai departe. De ce? Pentru că, dacă răspunsul dat ar fi "nu", toate raţionamentele ulterioare ar fi nule. Asta în ...more
Jonathan

Mythology is a passion of mine and has been ever since I was a younger child - an age when I had much greater clarity of mind than I do now and was hampered less by outward influences. Therefore, to see Albert Camus write a sequence of differing essays which explore existentialism (whether he was truly an 'existentialist' is a matter of debate and conjecture but he was interested in existentialist concepts) in a manner that connects back to mythology was fascinating.

For those who are unaware, th
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Leila
Dec 29, 2014 Leila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مقاله های فلسفی به این شکل باید ترجمه عالی داشته باشه تا متن کامل قابل فهم بشه که فکر کنم این کتاب حداقل اینجوری نبود که من میخواستم.
یک مجموعه ای از مقاله های کامو در مورد پوچی و سایر چیزهایی که با اون در ارتباط هست نوشته شده.چیزی که برام جالب بود وقتی میخوندمش خیلی از رمان های کامو برام تداعی میشد و اینکه میفمهی پشت اون ایده رمان چه فکری و مفهومی بوده خیلی خوبه.مخصوصا تو قسمت "فلسفه و رمان".
مثلا تو جایی در مورد فلسفه می گفت:رمان فلسفی نه آغاز داره نه پایان ،مفهوم تو عمق داستان به خواننده میرسه.
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Ahmed Youssif
Apr 06, 2013 Ahmed Youssif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"فى اللحظة الدقيقة التى يظر فيها الانسان الى الخلف ليستعرض حياته ، حين يعود سيزيف الى الصخرة ، فى ذلك الدوران الضئيل يتأمل تلك السلسة من الفعاليات اللامرتبطة ببعضها، التى تصبح مصيره ، الذى يخلقه هو والذى يمتزج تحت عين ذاكرته ، و سرعان ما يختم عليه موته... و هكذا ، فهو يستمر فى سيره مقتنعاً بالأصل البشرى تماماً لكل ما هو بشرى ، كالأعمى المتلهف للرؤية ،الذى يعرف أن الليل لن ينتهى أبداً ،، و الصخرة لاتزال تتدحرج ."
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بحث فلسفى عن اللاجدوى , سيزيف , والعبث ،كمحاولة يائسة لتقديم الأمل فى ال
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Sofia
Aug 13, 2016 Sofia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το πρώτο μέρος του βιβλίου είναι αρκετά δύσκολο με πολύπλοκη φιλοσοφική ανάλυση για κάποιον που δεν είναι εξοικειωμένος με αυτό το κομμάτι (όπως εγώ).Απ'την μέση και μετά γίνεται πιο ενδιαφέρον.Ειδικά τα κεφάλαια που μιλουν για το έργο του Ντοστογιέφσκι και του Κάφκα, μου προσέφεραν μια μοναδική λογοτεχνική οπτική του έργου τους.Σίγουρα αξίζει να διαβαστεί, με αρκετή υπομονή όμως.
Fernando
Sep 24, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una maravilla de libro que me permite seguir descubriendo a este genio de la literatura mundial. Camus desarrolla un ensayo de alto vuelo filosófico sobre el Absurdo a partir de una galería de personajes literarios, pensadores y escritores, entre ellos Sísifo, Kafka, Nietzche, Kierkegaard, Kirilov de Los Demonios, y Don Juan entre otros; uniendo literatura con filosofía, ahondando en la temática del suicidio y mostrándonos su particular visión existencialista sobre estos temas que son parte inhe ...more
Simona
Mar 13, 2013 Simona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho avuto delle enormi difficoltà a leggere questo libro, dato che le mie reminiscenze filosofiche risalgono ai tempi del liceo ( ormai anni or sono).
Credo che il fine di un libro sia scuoterti, portare il lettore a riflettere, a porsi delle domande e questo saggio filosofico ha avuto questo merito.
Camus parte dal mito di Sisifo per offrirci il suo pensiero sul suicidio ("Il suicidio è l'accettazione del prorpio limite"), sull'assurdo delle nostre vite, l'angoscia prendendo spunto da alcuni gra
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Soycd
Mar 16, 2016 Soycd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.


It is in The Myth of Sisyphus where French author Albert Camus introduces his philosophy of the absurd: the idea that humankind as a whole is stuck in a perpetual loop made of futile efforts to try to find meaning in an absurd world. He illustrates his point with a renowned character from Greek mythology: Sisyphus wa
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Andrés Cabrera
Jan 04, 2016 Andrés Cabrera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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El mito de Sísifo es ante todo una respuesta a la fenomenología heideggeriana (o, mejor dicho, así lo fue para mí). Partiendo de la noción de angustia producida por el ser conscientes de que todo hombre es ante todo un ser humano puesto en situación (alguien que habita y está llamado a enfrentar el mundo) y sometido a la muerte (la única posibilidad cierta para el hombre es la de morir. El resto son sólo más o menos probables), Camus se propone renegar de la visión proyectiva de Heidegger (toda ...more
Mahsa

خدایان سیزیف را برآن داشتند تا مُدام تخته سنگی را به فرازِ کوهی رساند و هر بار تخته سنگ به سبب وزنی که داشت باز به پای کوه درمی غلتید. خدایان چنین می پنداشتند که کیفری دهشتبارتر از کار بیهوده و نومیدانه نیست.

کتاب از چهار بخش «یک استدلال پوچ»، «انسان پوچ»، «آفرینش پوچ» و «افسانه سیزیف» تشکیل شده. در هر بخش هم نظرات و عقاید نویسنده با عناوین مختلف درباره پوچی، خودکشی، خستگی، عشق، حقیقت زندگی، خودآگاهی، هنر و نقد نظرات نویسنده ها و فیلسوف ها توضیح داده شده.
ولی من به این کتاب ستاره نخواهم داد، چون ن
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Czarny Pies
Aug 05, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage fans of Camus
I read this book shortly after Albert Camus' death when he was at the height of his popularity. As I was in high school, it may have been the first philosophical work that that I ever read. By the time I arrived at university three years later, the academics were hooting at it. The pedants asserted that the work demonstrated only the extent to which Camus the novelist was out of his depth as a philosopher.

I do not think that many of the profs from my era foresaw that Camus' works would have a bi
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Sebastien
May 13, 2017 Sebastien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a couple quick notes that struck me:

There are some great essays here, two that I enjoyed were the ones on philosopher writers of the absurd who explored the struggle of the human condition: Dostoevsky and Kafka. It was great reading the Kafka essay because I just read The Trial a few days ago and I have wanted to see what kind of analysis is out there. Well, as luck has it I randomly stumbled upon Camus' take! There are worse people to get analysis from hehe, especially on the literature of
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Greg Deane
May 14, 2013 Greg Deane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Albert Camus observed in “The Myth of Sisyphus” that ‘There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest – whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories – comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer.’ Sisyphus trickster, and the founder of Corinth, who was so bold that he deceived the gods. For ...more
Eliana Rivero
Jul 01, 2014 Eliana Rivero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Este mismo corazón mío me resultará siempre indefinible. Entre la certidumbre que tengo de mi existencia y el contenido que trato de dar a esta seguridad hay un foso que nunca será colmado. Seré siempre extraño a mí mismo


Creo que siempre me dará pánico hablar de Camus, sobre todo porque no sé qué pasa cuando termino de leer sus libros. De primera, es un libro muy filosófico. Son muchas cosas, pero principalmente, el libro es un ensayo donde Camus plantea sus ideas sobre la muerte y el suicidio
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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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