Albert Camus, Les Justes [The Just]

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Les Justes, a five-act play by Albert Camus, was staged for the first time at the Théâtre-Hébertot in Paris on the 15th of December 1949. Serge Reggiani assumed the role of Ivan Kaliayev while Maria Casarès played the part of Dora Doulebov. Along with La Peste (1947) and L’Homme révolté (1951), Les Justes forms part of the author’s second cycle, the “cycle de révolte”. Camus had already published works on his first cycle “le cycle de l’absurde” (absurdism). Encouraged by its enthusiastic reception, he worked on his second cycle whose aim was to offer a response to the concept of absurdism and to transcend it. In “le cycle de l’absurde”, Camus tackled the themes of solitude and of the futility of searching for meaning in an incomprehensible

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Citation: Tirven-Gadum, Vina. "Les Justes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 November 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11624, accessed 13 April 2024.]

11624 Les Justes 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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