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The Myth of Sisyphus

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whos ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 30th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1942)
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Aug 25, 2016 Farshad 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
Erik Graff
Oct 09, 2013 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
Dec 06, 2014 Zanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, art, drama, france
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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
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 گفتهء هومر، سیزیف خردمندترین و محتاط ترین موجود فانی بود. باز به گفتهء هومر، سیزیف مرگ را در زنجیر کرده بود، و این فرمانروایی، خدایان را خوش نمیآمد. پس پلاتو، خدای جنگ را فرستاد تا مرگ را از دستان اشغالگرش آزاد سازد
نخستین بار مطبوعاتی فرخی در سال 1342 در 154 ص، باترجمه ی سپانلو و صدوقی
عنوان: افسانه سیزیف؛ آلبر
Ian "Marvin" Graye
Aug 23, 2015 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
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
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
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 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...
Mar 18, 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
Andrei Tamaş
Dec 17, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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

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
Aug 27, 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.
Mar 13, 2015 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.
Ahmed Youssif
Apr 11, 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 ."

بحث فلسفى عن اللاجدوى , سيزيف , والعبث ،كمحاولة يائسة لتقديم الأمل فى ال
Sep 17, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 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
Peri Kitapları
"Kişi mutlu yaşamak için para kazanmak ister, sonra bir yaşamın tüm çabası ve en iyi yanı bu paranın kazanılmasında toplanır. Mutluluk unutulmuş, araç da amaç sayılmıştır..."

Okuması çok da kolay olmayan bir kitap... Ama yine çok fazla not düştüm kitaptan ...
Apr 01, 2016 Soycd rated it really liked it

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
Andrés Cabrera
Jan 23, 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

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
Czarny Pies
Aug 05, 2016 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
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
Greg Deane
May 14, 2013 Greg Deane rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 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
Jun 30, 2016 Barbod rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
فقط از همون قسمت آخر کتاب خوشم اومد که مربوط به افسانه سیزیف میشد
Eliana Rivero
Aug 20, 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
mohab samir
Jul 12, 2015 mohab samir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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أولاً يجب على الإنسان أن يتقبل ويحترم آراء وفلسفات الآخرين فى الحياة فأنت أولا تثبت إحترامك لعقلك ثم لعقل الآخر وإنك واجد بالتأكيد شىء جيد أو شىء حقيقى أو على الأقل شىء جائز فى هذه الآراء التى ما زالت ممكنة .
الكتاب فلسفى بحت يتناول مفهوم اللاجدوى من منظور المقبل على الإنتحار وهو فى رأيه المنظور الوحيد الصحيح لتفسير هذه الفلسفة . وبالتالى فهو لا يؤكد أرائة بصورة مباشرة.
اللاجدوى عند كامو لا تكون حقيقة إلا إذا تم قبولها وبالتالى تقبل تفعيل نتائجها وليس مجرد تقبلها فكريا أو الهروب منها ومن تبعاتها و
Jan 30, 2015 Nesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Çeviri okuyanı cidden zorlayacak bir çeviriydi. Okurken kelimelerin anlayabileceğim şekildeki anlamlarını bulup, o kelimenin her tekrar edişinde kendi anladığım versiyonu kitapta yazıyormuş gibi okudum. Mesela uslamlama yazıyorsa ben akıl yürütme diye okudum. Bir yerden sonra pes ettim ama anlamaya başlamıştım zaten. Anlayamıyorum ama neden, aklına bile getirmeden, demek varken, usuna bile getirmeden. diye çevirilir? Bir garip durmuyor mu? Çeviri için o kadar çok şey söylenmiş ki ben ekleme yapa ...more
Daniel Inacio
May 03, 2016 Daniel Inacio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Ines Martins
Having regular philosophical discussions with a friend of mine in college, she often said that some of my opinions were supported by Camus, although the closest I had read had been some essays of Sartre about the meaning of life in high school. Inspired by a drawing she made of Sisyphus, I finally decided to read this essay.

Well, it was not an easy reading; despite reading it sitting with a dictionary nearby where I could read about all the concepts that were unknown to me, I felt I was missing
David Williamson
Sep 17, 2011 David Williamson rated it really liked it
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This should be called 'The Myth of Sisyphus: and some tagged on essays that are not really relevant'. There seems to be three travel essays, although interesting are arbitrary to the main text (however, 'Helen in Exile' is very good).

Camus' book is a stark contrast to the 'The Outsider', which although complex, uses langauge in a matter of fact way. To the point, but articulate. The Myth of Sisyphus does not. Its use of poetic language and structure can be difficult to dissect, and at times is j
Jul 06, 2015 Nahed.E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 كامو هذا العنوان ليعبر عن الفكرة التي يؤ
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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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