Albert Camus

Albert Camus in the depths of winter...

A world–citizen writer and philosopher

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Albert Camus is the most widely read French author. 2013 marks the centenary of his birth: an occasion to remember all his masterpieces such as The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1946) and The Fall (1956).

Conference by Samantha de Alwis

Exhibition Albert Camus 1913-2013

Wednesday 26 February 2014 – 6pm
@ Alliance Française de Kotte

“At any street corner, the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face.” – Albert Camus

Albert Camus contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism, which he saw as the result of our desire for clarity and meaning within a world and condition that offer neither.

“Any form of contempt, if it intervenes in politics, prepares or introduces fascism.” – Albert Camus

In his essay “The Rebel” (1951), he wrote that his whole life was devoted to oppose the philosophy of nihilism.

“Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.” – Albert Camus

However, he intended also to fight against any kind of totalitarianism and imperialism, their moral systems and idolatry of technology, while still delving deeply into individual freedom.

“Freedom is nothing else than a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

Camus was awarded the 1957 Nobel Prize “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”. The meaning of individual freedom could be considered a focal point in many of his novels and essays.

Samantha de Alwis is a former lecturer in French at University of Kelaniya and currently she teaches French, English and theatre at La Petite Fleur Schools.

ALBERT CAMUS 1913-2013


The exhibition combines a minimal realization, a fresco and an Internet connection with a rich digital content fully interactive and multilingual, thanks to the QR codes technology. After downloading the dedicated application, the public, via a Wi-Fi connection from a Smartphone or a tablet, accesses to the content: critical texts, documents, numerous quotes, annotations, chronological markers, images, videos about Albert Camus, available in 14 languages. Hence, the visitor can build on his visit freely, create his own resources and share them on the Internet and social networks. The digital exhibition is equivalent to a space of 200 sqm.