As we mentioned last week, New York is currently holding a month-long festival celebrating Albert Camus’ historic visit to NYC 70 years ago. One event in the festival featured actor Viggo Mortensen giving a reading of Camus’ lecture,“La Crise de l’homme” (“The Human Crisis”) at Columbia University–the very same place where Camus delivered the lecture 70 years earlier–down to the very day (March 28, 1946). The reading was captured on a cell phone, and broadcast live using Facebook live video. It can be jittery, but if you close your eyes and give a listen, it will be worth your time. Note that Mortensen takes the stage around the 11:45 mark.
“The Human Crisis” will be added to our collection, 700 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free. You can download major works by Camus as free audiobooks if you sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial with Audible.com. Find more information on that program here.
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