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The Myth of Sisyphus

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Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whos ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 30th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1942)
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Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چگونه میتوان از پوچی لذت برد؟ تا زمانیکه کسی فالودهی شیرازی میخورد، این مساله وجود دارد.

پوچی از نظر کامو چیست؟ یک زندگی کاملا یکنواخت، بدون هدف و مقصود، بدون معنا، بدون خلاقیت و تغییر، بدون پیشرفت و توام با یاس و ناامیدی.

سوال اصلی این کتاب چیست؟ این است که آیا بعد از درک این پوچی باید خودکشی کنیم؟

پاسخ کامو چیست؟ او میگوید پوچی نباید انسان را به خودکشی سوق دهد. پوچی نقطهی آغاز است نه پایان. انسان بعد از درک پوچی، باید با اشتیاق، دست به عصیان بزند. اشتیاق چیست؟ همان میل وافر به تجربه. منظور از عصی
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Mythe de Sisyphe = The myth of Sisyphus and other essays, Albert Camus
The Myth of Sisyphus is a 1942 philosophical essay by Albert Camus.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه مارس سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: افسانه سیزیف؛ آلبر کامو؛ مترجمها: علی صدوقی؛ محمدعلی سپانلو؛ اکبر افسری؛ محمدصادق رئیسی؛ محمود سلطانیه؛ افسانه نجومی؛
نخستین بار مطبوعاتی فرخی در سال 1342 هجری خورشیدی در 154 ص، با ترجمه ی محمدعلی سپانلو و علی صدوقی
خدایان، سیزیف را محکوم کرده بودند، که دائما سنگی را به بالای کوهی بغلطاند، تا جایی که سنگ بخا
Erik Graff
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: troubled teens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
By the end of high school I was a very unhappy person and had been so since our family moved from unincorporated Kane County to Park Ridge, Illinois when I was ten. At the outset the unhappiness was basically consequent upon leaving a rural setting, small school and friendly, integrated working-class neighborhood for a reactionary suburb, large school and unfriendly upper middle-class populace whose children were, by and large, just as thoughtlessly racist and conservative as their parents were. ...more
Samra Yusuf
No matter in what farthest corner of the world you live, which color is of your skin, what kind of habits you’ve grown over the time for you to be known as a busy person, what are the erogenous fantasies your mind weave in the moments of quiet to make you tremble with pleasure, which, from many doctrines you chose to scale the things as “right” and “wrong” which one from countless delusions you’ve opted as religion, or you weren’t the one to opt it, you inherited it like other concrete property, ...more
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
A good friend introduced me to Nietzsche in my early teens, and Nietzsche and I have had a turbulent relationship ever since. One of the first adult books I read was Kafka's The Trial and Nietzsche was there too, inviting me to step off the city on poles into the bottomless swamp.

Oh baby hold my hand
we're gonna walk on water

Nietzsche said there are no facts, no truth. After he said this, some philosophers stopped writing like Kant and wrote like poets. Camus says here that 'there is no truth,
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Assisted Living

It was that Jewish heretic Paul of Tarsus who gave us the idea that we are not in charge of our lives but are merely responsible for them to God who owns us. It was the English philosopher John Locke, a heretic to Pauline Calvinism, who casually pointed out that in fact our lives are the only thing we do have complete charge over, the only thing every one of us owns and can dispose of. And it was Albert Camus, a heretic to any and all sources of power, who took Locke entirely seri
Luís C.
As soon as the character of The Stranger abandoned to his sad fate, the desire to stay a little while in the company of Albert Camus came naturally.
From a chronological point of view, the choice of the essay The Myth of Sisyphus, also published in 1942 in the framework of the tetralogy "The cycle of the absurd", seems self-evident.
"There is only one serious philosophical problem: it is suicide." In spite of this first sentence, the end of which smacks like a whip, this essay does not make the ap
Ian "Marvin" Graystik
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who prefers Rolling Stones to Beatles albums
The One True Philosophical Problem

"The Myth of Sisyphus" purports to be about the "one truly philosophical problem [of] suicide".

Perhaps, it's a little sensationalist to define the problem in these terms, at least in the 21st century. Even Camus himself immediately restated the problem as "judging whether life is or is not worth living".

Maybe another way is to ask whether, if life is not worth living, does it follow that we should cease to live, e.g., by committing suicide? (It's interesting how
Steven  Godin
This was a fascinating insight into a thought provoking question, Albert Camus suggests that suicide amounts to a confession that life is not worth living. He links this confession to what he calls the "feeling of absurdity", that on the whole, we go through life with meaning and purpose, with a sense that we do things for good and profound reasons. Occasionally, however for some at least, we might come to see our daily lives dictated primarily by the forces of habit, thus bringing into question ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paradigm-shifts
-دارم ميرم مسافرت...
+برنامه ريزى كردى واسش؟
+با كيا ميرى؟
-با هيشكى، تنهام!
+باشه، خوش بگذره.
-فكر نكنم!

به دنيا ميايم، اولاش خوب ميگذره، بازى و تفريح و خنده، همه چيم واسمون فراهمه. مدرسه ها شروع ميشه و به همراه اون سختى ها، اولويت با تحصيله. ميخونيم و ميخونيم و ميخونيم؛ بعدش ميريم سر كار(ايشالا!)، كار و كار و كار تا يه پولى در بياريم و اموراتمون بگذره.بعد ازدواجه و پس انداختن بچه هاى قد و نيم قد. زمان مى گذره و پا به سن ميذاريم. بازنشستگى و ناتوانى رو پيش رو داريم. زندگى ميفته رو ش
Giss Golabetoon
نميتونم در مورد كامو و يا فلسفه ش حرفى بزنم چون ترجمه كتاب انقد نامفهوم و گاهى انقد خنده دار بود كه نميتونستم حرفهاى كامو رو بفهمم، به نظر مياد اين كتاب چرك نويس ترجمه باشه و نه ترجمه نهايى، نميدونم ايا اين اولين كتابيه كه خانوم بحرينى دست گرفتن و يا چرا كتابى به اين سختى رو انتخاب كردن، به نظرم ميرسه كتاب رو از انگليسى برگردون كردن نه فرانسه و كاش انتشارات نيلوفر يه ويراستار در اختيار اين مترجم قرار ميداد، در ضمن خانم بحرينى اگه اين نقد رو ميخونى فارسى عبارت vicious circle دور باطل ميشه نه دور ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فرنسي
عنوان الكتاب هو أسطورة سيزيف
وسيزيف هو الشاب اليوناني الذي حكمت عليه آلهة اليونان بعقاب غريب ومؤلم للغاية
وهو أن يجلس تحت سفح جبل عال تعلوه صخرة عملاقة
ثم تسقط الصخرة فجأة فوق رأس الشاب .. إلا انها تتوقف قبل رأسه بأمتار قليلة ولك ان تتخيل رعب الشاب وهو ينظر ويجد الصخرة تهوي فوق رأسه ، والأمر لا يتوقف عند هذا ، بل أن الشاب محكوم عليه بأن يحمل الصخرة فوق كتفيه ويصعد الجبل ليضعها فوق قمته ، ثم تسقط الصخرة مرة أخري ، ليحملها الشاب ، وهكذا إلي الابد
وقد اختار ألبير كامي هذا العنوان ليعبر عن الفكرة التي
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، در این کتابِ 200 صفحه ای، <آلبر کامو> به مسائلی چون یک تعقل پوچ- انسانِ پوچ- خلقتِ پوچ و در پایان به افسانهٔ <سیزیف> پرداخته است و البته خودش هدف از نوشتن این کتاب را رابطهٔ میانِ "پوچی" و "خودکشی" میداند و اینکه خودکشی راه حلی مناسب است برایِ پوچی
عزیزانم، افسانهٔ <سیزیف> در موردِ مردی است که خدایان او را محکوم کرده بودند که پیوسته تخته سنگی را تا قلهٔ کوهی بالا ببرد و از آنجا آن تخت
Rowland Pasaribu
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Albert Camus (1913–1960) is not a philosopher so much as a novelist with a strong philosophical bent. He is most famous for his novels of ideas, such as The Stranger and The Plague, both of which are set in the arid landscape of his native Algeria.

Camus studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, which brought him into contact with two of the major branches of twentieth century philosophy: existentialism and phenomenology. Existentialism arises from an awareness that there is no pre-ordaine
Emad Attili

“It happens that the stage sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or the factory, meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm – this path is easily followed most of the time. But one day the “why” arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.”

I love Camus! I just LOVE him!
He has that weird ability to draw my full attention, and to make me lose the track of time
Andrei Tamaş
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Nu există decât o problemă filosofică într-adevăr importantă: sinuciderea. A hotărî dacă viată merită sau nu trăită înseamnă a răspunde la problema fundamentală a filosofiei!" Aşa priveşte Camus, iar raţionamentul lui este destul de simplu: dat fiind că problema crucială a filosofiei este aceea de a hotărî dacă viată merită sau nu trăită, nu are rost -e absurd!- să mergi cu gândirea mai departe. De ce? Pentru că, dacă răspunsul dat ar fi "nu", toate raţionamentele ulterioare ar fi nule. Asta în ...more
برای خوندن این کتاب نیاز به پیش زمینه های بیشتری داشتم،جوری که احساس می کنم هنوز وقتش نشده.البته اگه ترجمه سخت و غلط های املایی زیادشو نادیده بگیریم.
از نظر کامو نه انسان پوچه و نه دنیا بلکه رابطه ی بین ماست که پوچی رو میسازه.کامو معتقده پی بردن به پوچی مساوی با آغاز بلوغه و در این لحظست که باید عصیانگر شد و با دنیا مقابله کرد.ما آدما هم باید مثل سیزیف هر روز سنگمونو از قله بالا ببریم و بدون توجه به نفرینی که گریبان مارو گرفته به این کار ادامه بدیم.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read some philosophical works before
Recommended to Junta by: The Stranger, The Plague, feeling existential
Hallelujah, I've finished. I think this was the slowest pace at which I read a book since joining Goodreads. For now (and possibly for eternity), three points:

1. if I were Sisyphus, a good punishment the gods could deal out to me would be to ceaselessly make me re-read this for eternity;
2. as much as I struggled with this book, I don't regret picking it up - as Calvino says, Every new book I read comes to be a part of that overall and unitary book that is the sum of my readings... things won't b
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Birçok sayfada kendimi buldum. Sorgulayan ve farkındanlık ile yoğrulmuş bir bilincin mutlaka içinde kendine bir pay bulabileceği bir baş yapıt...
Mahdi Lotfi
آلبر کامو در ۷ نوامبر ۱۹۱۳ در دهکدهای کوچک در الجزایر به دنیا آمد. پدرش «لوسین کامو» یک سال بعد از به دنیا آمدن او در نبرد مارن در جنگ جهانی اول کشته شد و از آن به بعد او همراه با مادرش (که اصالتاً اسپانیایی بود) به خانهٔ مادر مادریاش در الجزیره میرود. خانوادهٔ کامو جزو آن دسته از مهاجرانی بودند که از فرانسه برای گرفتن زمین و کشاورزی به الجزایر آمده بودند.
کودکی کامو در یک زندگی فقیرانهٔ طبقهٔ کارگری سپری شد. فقر، احترام به رنج و همدردی با بی چارگان را به او یاد داد. پسندخاطر غریزی کامو قناعت و ب
Czarny Pies
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teenage fans of Camus
I read this book shortly after Albert Camus' death when he was at the height of his popularity. As I was in high school, it may have been the first philosophical work that that I ever read. By the time I arrived at university three years later, the academics were hooting at it. The pedants asserted that the work demonstrated only the extent to which Camus the novelist was out of his depth as a philosopher.

I do not think that many of the profs from my era foresaw that Camus' works would have a bi
Saleh MoonWalker
من عصیان می کنم، پس هستم.
یکی از بهترین آثار کامو که تا حالا خوندم، توضیحات کامل و جامع و همچنین بیان تفکرات کامو درباره ی Absurd که به نوع خودش عالیه. به اشتباه کامو رو اگزیستانسیالیت میدونن که در واقع ابسردیست بوده. و نکته مهم و کاربردیِ دیگه ای که این کتاب برای من داشت این بود که راهنماییم کرد که داخل سیستم که پیروز شدن یکنفره درونش معنایی نداره و تمام راه ها از قبل چیده شده و راه خروجی از حلقه ی سیستمی وجود نداره، عصیان وجود داره و جزو معدود جواب های کاربردیِ درون سیستم هستش. کتاب عالی ای بود
Σωτήρης  Αδαμαρέτσος
Απ τα βιβλία που πρέπει να διαβαστούν πολλές φορές. Είναι η δεύτερη του ανάγνωση και φυσικά θα επανέλθω σε 2-3 χρόνια, πάλι...

Γραμμένο μέσα στον πόλεμο, το 1942, μιλά για το παράλογο απέναντι στο βέβαιο μέλλον του ανθρώπου και το αστηρικτο της αυτοκτονίας. Καθαρά φιλοσοφικό δοκίμιο· ο Καμυ με το έργο αυτό λαμβάνει θέση στη κλίμακα των μεγάλων στοχαστών και θέτει το ερώτημα του παραλόγου απέναντι στην ζωή και την σθεναρή στάση του ανθρώπου απέναντι στο αναπόφευκτο, τον θάνατο! Αποτέλεσε το έργο
نصف کتاب رو خوندم، حوصله م سر رفت ولش کردم.اولین کتابی که در طول عمرم نصفه رهاش کردم ، افتخارش هم نصیب آقای کامو شد.متاسفانه هرگز فلسفه ی نوشته های این نویسنده رو درک نکردم
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Με τη φιλοσοφία γενικότερα δεν τα πάω και πολύ καλα.. Έμ, καλα να πάθω θα μου πείτε αφού επέλεξα να διαβασω το συγκεκριμμένο δοκίμιο.
Κάπου συμφωνούσα και μπορούσα να καταλάβω τον συλλογισμό του και κάπου το έχανα..
Δεν ξερω τι να πω... Ίσως παραμεγάλωσα για φιλοσοφικού περιεχομένου αναγνώσματα....
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una maravilla de libro que me permite seguir descubriendo a este genio de la literatura mundial. Camus desarrolla un ensayo de alto vuelo filosófico sobre el Absurdo a partir de una galería de personajes literarios, pensadores y escritores, entre ellos Sísifo, Kafka, Nietzche, Kierkegaard, Kirilov de Los Demonios, y Don Juan entre otros; uniendo literatura con filosofía, ahondando en la temática del suicidio y mostrándonos su particular visión existencialista sobre estos temas que son parte inhe ...more
يه جاهاييشو هرچقد ميخوندم نميفهميدم و الان كه تمومش كردم مثه پازلى ميمونه كه چندتيكه ش گم شده و هرچند شكل كلى پازل پيداس اما دلم ميخواس تكميل تكميل ميشد . يه جاهايى جمله ها تو ذهنم نمينشستن ، نميدونم بازم مترجمو مقصر بدونم يا مشكل ذهن خودم بوده .. به هرحال خيلى هم با پوچى سروكار ندارم تو زندگيم جز يه مورد؛ اونم وقتيه كه كسى بپرسه هدفت تو زندگى چيه ؟ و ميشنوه : "هيچى ، هدفى ندارم ."
Jonathan Terrington

Mythology is a passion of mine and has been ever since I was a younger child - an age when I had much greater clarity of mind than I do now and was hampered less by outward influences. Therefore, to see Albert Camus write a sequence of differing essays which explore existentialism (whether he was truly an 'existentialist' is a matter of debate and conjecture but he was interested in existentialist concepts) in a manner that connects back to mythology was fascinating.

For those who are unaware, th
Ahmed Youssif
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"فى اللحظة الدقيقة التى يظر فيها الانسان الى الخلف ليستعرض حياته ، حين يعود سيزيف الى الصخرة ، فى ذلك الدوران الضئيل يتأمل تلك السلسة من الفعاليات اللامرتبطة ببعضها، التى تصبح مصيره ، الذى يخلقه هو والذى يمتزج تحت عين ذاكرته ، و سرعان ما يختم عليه موته... و هكذا ، فهو يستمر فى سيره مقتنعاً بالأصل البشرى تماماً لكل ما هو بشرى ، كالأعمى المتلهف للرؤية ،الذى يعرف أن الليل لن ينتهى أبداً ،، و الصخرة لاتزال تتدحرج ."

بحث فلسفى عن اللاجدوى , سيزيف , والعبث ،كمحاولة يائسة لتقديم الأمل فى ال
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سیزیف و کاری که انجام میده که همون غلتاندن تخته سنگی تا قله ی کوه و سرانجام دوباره افتادن سنگ نماد پوچیه. اما چیزی که سرنوشت سیزیف رو غمگین میکنه آگاهی هستش که به این پوچ داره با این دید خیلی از کارای ما در آینده در نظرمون پوچه همینطور که الان این حس رو نسبت به گذشته داریم اما به نظر میرسه جواب سوالی که اول کتاب کامو میپرسه زندگی به زحمت زیستنش می ارزد یا باید خودکشی کرد، توی همین جمله نیچه باشه که میگه چیزهایی در زندگی هست مثل موسیقی، هنر،فضیلت و عقل و روح و دیگر چیزهای ملکوتی که در نهایت باید ...more
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