Nuptials (essays)

Nuptials (Noces) is a collection of 4 lyrical essays by Albert Camus. It is one of its earliest works, his first one dealing with absurd and suicide. Camus examines religious hope, rejects religions and life after death. Instead, he advocates for living for now.[1][2] The collection contains the following essays:

  • Noces à Tipasa
  • Le vent à Djémila
  • L'été à Alger
  • Le désert
AuthorAlbert Camus
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Noces à Tipasa is the most known essay.
L'été à Alger is dedicated to Jacques Heurgon. In it, Camus reflects on life in Algiers during the summer, with the sea and the sun, and how even those living in poverty can feel fulfilled. He concludes with one of his core philosophies: “If there is a sin against life, it consists not so much in despairing as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this one.”[3]


  1. ^ Matthew Sharpe (3 September 2015). Camus, Philosophe: To Return to our Beginnings. BRILL. p. 45. ISBN 978-90-04-30234-1.
  2. ^ Aronson, Ronald (2011-10-27). "Albert Camus". Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  3. ^ Albert Camus (1913—1960): Essays, Letters, Prose Collections, Articles, and Reviews IEP