Albert Camus

(redirected from Absurd hero)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Albert Camus - French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Meursault Investigation (a translation of Meursault, contre-enquete), for which Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud garnered the Goncourt First Novel Prize, gives voice to Harun, the younger brother of "the Arab" killed by Albert Camus's absurd hero in The Stranger (1942).
Daoud beautifully constructs a scene on the beach where a drunken Harun discovers his likeness in the absurd hero. Later, the narrator communicates this information directly to the reader.
There are two viable answers: the Byronic Hero and the Absurd Hero, as defined in Albert Camus's essay "The Myth of Sisyphus." (1)
Turin is an Absurd Hero if, like Sisyphus, the curse upon him is inescapable and taking his own life is but an unavoidable incident within the process of toil that is inescapably overshadowed by the curse.
Galloway in The Absurd Hero in American Fiction, which analyzes only one Southern writer, William Styron, (5) stays in the confines of existentialism and emphasizes Camus's central paradox of the happy Sisyphus and "the potential joy following tragedy in the case of the absurd hero" (19).
Sisyphus is Camus's absurd hero. Sisyphus loves life and hates death.
Camus calls Sisyphus an absurd hero. It's strange to couple the words "absurd" and "hero," but in this case the combination works.
Jesse Mitchell's lengthy study of Turin Turambar uses two frameworks to examine his character and story: that of the Byronic Hero (with a side glance at the Gothic Villain in order to differentiate the two), and that of the Absurd Hero, exemplified by Camus's Sisyphus.