Born into a poor family near Algiers a century ago, there was nothing to indicate that Albert Camus would one day shape the attitude of a whole generation. His novels and dramas, his philosophical essays and political commentaries deal with the large-scale questions of human existence but steer clear of those radical ideologies to which other intellectuals of his time succumbed. The Plague and The Outsider, The Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel hold an unbroken fascination – and in Martin Meyer’s view Albert Camus is without doubt one of the most significant 20th century authors. His book takes an explicatory stance on Camus’ work, cross-referencing lesser-known texts and casting light on the author’s works and biographical background. The book provides a broader context for those already familiar with Camus as well as offering multi-faceted orientation for those who are not. In this, his anniversary year, Martin Meyer rediscovers Camus as a great contemporary.