First published in French in 1942, Le Mythe de Sisyphe is a philosophical essay at the heart of which is the theme of the absurd. Alongside the novel L’Etranger [The Stranger] (1942), and the plays Caligula [Caligula] (1939) and Le Malentendu [The Misunderstanding] (1944), Le Mythe de Sisyphe forms part of Camus’s “cycle of the absurd”, a series of works which all examine the consequences of absurdity in the lives of individuals. Le Mythe de Sisyphe also prefigures Camus’s second major philosophical essay, L’Homme Révolté [The Rebel] (1951), which, like the novel La Peste [The Plague] (1947), and the plays L’État de Siège [The …

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Dicks, Henry. "Le Mythe de Sisyphe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 August 2012
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