The Fastidious Assassins, Paperback Book

The Fastidious Assassins Paperback

Part of the Penguin Great Ideas series

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A daring critique of communism and how it had gone wrong behind the Iron Curtain, Camus' essay examines the revolutions in France and Russia, and argues that since they were both guilty of producing tyranny and corruption, hope for the future lies only in revolt without revolution.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • ISBN: 9780141036625



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“Those who rush blindly to history in the name of the irrational, proclaiming that it is meaningless, encounter servitude and terror and finally emerge into the universe of concentration camps. Those who launch themselves into it, preaching its absolute rationality, encounter servitude and terror and emerge into the universe of the concentration camps.” – Albert CamusCamus’ critique on communism, slavery, and all tremendous failures in the previous rebels he studied leaves the reader no choice but to feel like a rebel, yes Camus, ‘I rebel therefore I exist’ however also leaves the rebel in angst as to how to go about doing so despite knowing that as Camus says, not in death but in knowing that there is life the rebel flourishes. Regardless, the first ¾ are brilliantly written in a way only Albert could write.

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