“What Hawes does brilliantly is bring to life Camus the human being . . . a delicately perceptive text.” Wendy Smith, Los Angeles Times
Albert Camus is best known for his contribution to twentieth-century literature. But who was he, beneath the trappings of fame? Camus, a Romance
reveals the French-Algerian of humble birth; the TB-stricken exile editing the war resistance newspaper Combat; the pied noir in anguish over the Algerian War; the Don Juan who loved a multitude of women. These form only the barest outlines of Camus’s life, which Elizabeth Hawes chronicles alongside her own experience following in his footsteps. Camus, a Romance
is at once biography and memoirwrought with passion and detail, it is the story not only of Camus, but of the relationship between a reader and a most beloved writer.