Camus: Out of North Africa
On the centenary of his birth, Martin Evans looks at the evolving legacy of the Algerian-born French writer Albert Camus
In the afternoon of January 4th, 1960 a powerful Facel Vega sports car skidded off an icy road in Burgundy, hit a tree and ploughed into another. The front passenger was the writer Albert Camus and the driver his friend and editor Michel Gallimard. It took hours to free the bodies from the wreckage, but Camus had been killed instantly. Gallimard died from his injuries a few days later. Incredibly Gallimard’s wife and daughter survived relatively unscathed.