In This Review

The Rebel
The Rebel
By Albert Camus
Knopf, 1954, 273 pp

M. Camus ponders the nature of revolts and revolutions and examines the minds of the revolutionary thinkers of the modern era and the revolutions they inspired. Particularly revealing are the chapters dealing with terrorism as practiced by states claiming to be the heirs of great revolutionary traditions. Believing in the intrinsic moral value of man, but opposing humanitarian cant, M. Camus urges the exercise of moderation which, "born of rebellion, can only live by rebellion." (A translation of "L'Homme Révolté," published by Gallimard, Paris, 1951, 382 p.)