Albert Camus

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French writer who portrayed the human condition as isolated in an absurd world (1913-1960)

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Daoud beautifully constructs a scene on the beach where a drunken Harun discovers his likeness in the absurd hero.
In "The Sears and Roebuck Catalog Game" Sugar's father Gilbert becomes an absurd hero after Sugar pushes him, not completely without malice, toward the disclosure of his own imagination through a game of inventing stories about mail-order catalog illustrations.
Although it stays unclear what caused the miracle, the grandfather's open and seeing eyes that acknowledge the absurd world suggest the late birth of another absurd hero in the Mecklin family.
For an absurd hero, the "game of belief" is the most dangerous one, as it needs two absolutely equal players who have already reconciled themselves to the absurd world.
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.
In contrast, Turin is not an Absurd Hero if his death is indeed suicide, implying despair and a rejection of his own self-preservation instincts (in which case, he is Byronic).
The Absurd Hero does not commit suicide because suicide is the action of the victimized and of the guilty: "[K]illing yourself amounts to confessing.