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Ange en quête d'absolu ? Monstre sanguinaire ? Avant la guerre, Albert Camus conçoit Caligula, ainsi que Sisyphe ou Meursault (L'Étranger), comme un héros de l'Absurde. En 1945, la pièce est reçue comme une fable sur les horreurs du nazisme. Ses versions et ses mises en scène successives, l'évolution de la sensibilité du public ont contribué à faire de Caligula une des fig ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Collection Folio théâtre (n° 6); Édition de Pierre-Louis Rey, 224 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by Gallimard (first published 1944)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Caligula : Emperor of Rome, Albert Camus
Caligula is a play written by Albert Camus, begun in 1938, and published for the first time in May 1944. The play was later the subject of numerous revisions. It was part of what the author called the "Cycle of the Absurd", with the novel The Stranger (1942) and the essay The Myth of Sisyphus (1942).
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای ماه ژانویه سال 1975 میلادی
عنوان: کالیگولا : نمایشنامه در چهار پرده؛ نویسنده: آلبر کامو؛ مترجم: جمشید خسرو؛ تهران، کانون شهری
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Amalia Gavea
‘’A man can't live without some reason for living.”

It is often the case when I find no particular connection with the novels of highly acclaimed writers but their plays resonate with me and become a point of reference in my collection. Such bright examples are Tolstoy, Gorky, Sartre and Camus.
Each one of them has produced some of the most fascinating, world-changing literary works, yet it is their plays that placed them in my heart. When I first read ‘’The Stranger’’, there was very little
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Rakhi Dalal
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in absurdism
Recommended to Rakhi by: Jon Quinton
This play by Camus on the concept of absurd is based upon the Lives of the Twelve Caesars by the Latin historian, Suetonius. According to the work, Caius Caesar Caligula, third of the twelve Caesars, who came to power in 37AD at the age of twenty-five, ruled for four years until he was assassinated in 41AD by his Patricians.*

The reason of his assassination was his cruelty against everyone, which led him to murder people on whims. There are different accounts on his changed state of mind after th
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Sawsan
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyranny is a disaster ....Caligula is a symbol of absurdity of human wishes for power and freedom
Camus reveals the unreasonable and cruel thoughts and wishes of a man intrigued by his power, and as a result of his mental imbalance, life turns into misery
This play is valid forever
Hend
the play shows Caligula the Roman Emperor, torn by the death of Drusilla, his sister and lover.Caligula responds to her death by beginning a reign of terror against the Roman citizens, but this will not be the only reason .. and wouldn't be a deep interpretation of Caligula's brutality , bloodthirstiness and sadism...
it cant be only attributed to an accident .. it shows that his feelings of insecurity and tendency to violence were already present....
only his pain and misery for loosing her give
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muthuvel
The Entire review is pretty much a spoiler, in some aspect, for the play by Albert Camus, Caligula.



"Men die; and they're not happy."

Death makes a mockery of everything we adhere values and virtues close to all our lives. Camus depicts an anomaly via Caligula Caius Caesar, one of the Roman Empire known for his eccentric administration, if not for his cruelty and killing of his own people. He hadn't cared to maintain a proper system as it doesn't mean anything. His will to do whatever he wanted,
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Kira
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quotes:

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CALIGULA: I also know what you’re thinking. What disturbances for the death of a woman! No, it’s not that. I believe I recall, it’s true, that some days ago a woman that I loved died. But what is love? A slight thing. This death is nothing, I swear it to you. It is only the omen of a truth which makes the moon necessary to me. It’s a truth entirely simple and entirely clear, a little thing, but difficult to discover and heavy to bear.
HELICON: And what is this truth then, Caius?
CALIGULA:
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Renis Hyka
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camus, french, 2016
"But - I cannot make a choice. I have my own sorrow, but I suffer with him, too; I share his pain. I understand all - that is my trouble."
SmallToothedSmile
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an empathetic representation of the the tyrannical emperor, Caligula. After the death of his sister-lover, Caligula seems to have gone completely mad as he orders death upon many innocents and causes humiliation to his team of particiens. However, I interpret his actions, though vicious and fatal, as artistic expression. Indeed, Caligula identifies with the young poet, Scipio, who he describes as being "as for good as I am for bad". Therefore, Caligula, believing himself an artist, has c ...more
Loredana (Bookinista08)
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Simple, yet ravishing play! It will never grow out of fashion because we are all existentialists, even without realizing it! Camus's play shows how rationality and logic can also be found in irrationality. I deeply recommend it!
Ikram, ☾︎
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marry me, Caligula.
Pouria Roshani
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Caligula / Albert Camus / Translated by Stuart Gilbert / Read on December 28, 2018/ My Score from 5: 2
A play about a king who went crazy after his sister passed away and started murdering people and even his own men. Honestly, I didn’t like it and found it absurd and kind of boring and pointless. There were some interesting conversations among characters which I mention some of them:
“How hard, how cruel it is, this process of becoming a man!”
“A man can’t live without some reason for living.”
“Bey
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Cristina Chițu
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5
all these executions have an equal importance-from which it follows that none has any.

This world has no importance; once a man realizes that, he wins his freedom. And that is why I hate you, you and your kind; because you are not free.

I want to drown the sky in the sea, to infuse ugliness with beauty, to wring a laugh from pain.

And living, my dear, is the opposite of loving.

All true passion has a spice of cruelty.

There's nothing like hatred for developing the intelligence.

All I know is th
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Lavinia
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays, 2011
This is such a damn good play, I don't understand why it's so underrated. I think it has just become one of my favourite plays ever. Seeing it performed is a must. Aaaaaand, guess what? The Hungarian Theatre from Cluj is premiering it next month. Yay!
Lynn Beyrouthy
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Fascinating. Absolutely loved it.
Review coming soon, maybe.
What's for sure is that this book made me want to read The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius.
Bianca Dorcu
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to play this, it's really really wonderful!
Prakash Singh
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because what I want is to live, and to be happy. Neither, to my mind, is possible if one pushes the absurd to its logical conclusions. As you see, I'm quite an ordinary sort of man. True, there are moment when, to feel free of them, I desire the death of those I love, or I hanker after women from whom the ties of family or friendship debar me. Were logic everything, I'd kill or fornicate on such occasions. But I consider that these passing fancies have no great importance. If everyone set to gra ...more
Zainab Shahid
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read it for a class presentation and I absolutely loved it. The dialogues are so beautiful. Caligula is such a complex character, and his logic is insane. The things that he says sound mad, but you cannot dispute the soundness of his logic. The drama is extremely entertaining, while still ringing true in its depiction of power and the nobility. It's humorous but also sad. The extravagances and the cruelty of Caligula are noteworthy. But the poetic quality of the prose is what captured me the mos ...more
Andrea Samar
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
“To lose one's life is no great matter; when the time comes I'll have the courage to lose mine. But what's intolerable is to see one's life being drained of meaning, to be told there's no reason for existing. A man can't live without some reason for living.”

“Ce monde, tel qu'il est fait, n'est pas supportable. J'ai donc besoin de la lune, ou du bonheur, ou de l'immortalité, de quelque chose qui soit dément peut-être, mais qui ne soit pas de ce monde.”

dana
all men are caligula's subjects. ergo, all men are guilty and shall die. it is only a matter of time and patience.

THIS WAS BRILLIANT how on earth did camus make me sympathize with caligula of all people?! absolutely remarkable!! it takes true ability + empathy to make someone feel for possibly the cruelest and vilest of all the roman emperors.
Quiet
Of Camus' earliest works and his best. The most definite and also revealed of Camus' conceit of absurdism. The meaninglessness of voice, practice, mortality, violence, all present within this stageplay.
Atakan Özkaya
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended.
belljareads
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: théâtre
Camus i just love youuuuu
Mina
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
"This world, as it is, is not bearable. So I need the moon, or happiness, or immortality, something that may be crazy, but not of this world. "
Jared
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Very interesting...I found the themes of authority and blind faith to be quite engaging, perhaps a glimpse into the lives of the average citizen of just about any country. The discussions based on freedom and justice were quite interesting, too. In true Camus fashion, the absurd is omnipresent in just about everything Caligula says in this play, so it was kind of fun to pick out the absurdities and see how they related to what was going on in the story. I'm not going to lie - I thought this play ...more
Elliott Cross
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Scarlett
This was a rather harmless and forgettable play by an author that has otherwise greatly impressed me. However, there is a certain purity to Caligula's madness and violence, and that kept me interested enough in reaching the end, which thanks to its brevity, arrived some 45 minutes after I had started it.

Caligula wants to achieve immortality, to be god-like, to be completely free. That is his pretense and the way he justifies his acts of violence as a Roman emperor. He seemed to have been a good
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Rhys
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extraordinary play by the renowned writer. Camus speculates on a new and radically different reason for Caligula's actions that have little to do with madness and more with following a logic that on the surface appears acceptable but when is applied properly and followed through to the ultimate conclusion turns out to be monstrous. The dialogue is philosophically incisive and the action moves remorselessly towards a spectacular denouement.
Salma
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A question appeared to me: when there is no beleif in Judgment Day, what may make something as good and something as evil... If someone asks why not to do evil things such killing if I can without penalty... who can prevent me? who can judge me?
This book made me realize that there is no limit to human whims and evilness... and made me appreciate profundly the Judgment Day...
Francesco D'Isa
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not to be able to get something won't stop the desire to have it; Caligula "[...] needs the moon, or happiness, or immortality, something that is perhaps demented, but not from this world."

Plot: Caligula wants the impossible.
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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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