Radio 3 presents series of programmes marking centenary of Albert Camus' birth

Date: 01.11.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.57
Category: Radio 3
BBC Radio 3 are marking 100 years since the birth of French journalist, philosopher and Nobel Prize winner for literature Albert Camus with a series of programmes over the weekend Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November and a week-long series of The Essay ‘Existential Me’, beginning Monday 11 November.

Born 7 November 1913 in French-Algeria, Albert Camus’ views contributed to the rise of absurdism. In The Rebel he wrote that his life was devoted to opposing the philosophy of nihilism while still delving deeply into individual freedom.

Radio 3’s Camus programming begins on Saturday 2 November with The Insider, a re-imagining of The Outsider, by Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela who writes from the perspective of the only two Arab characters in the book, who, although integral to Camus' story are unspeaking and unnamed.

On Sunday 3 November, Radio 3 will broadcast a Sunday Feature by Camus scholar Professor Andrew Hussey. He delves into the story of the man behind the existential theories who achieved so much in his short life; from the Editor of an underground newspaper for the French Resistance to a Nobel Prize winner and frequenter of Paris’s famous Café de Flore.

Rounding off the weekend, Drama On 3 presents an adaptation of Camus' classic novel of existential angst: The Outsider. The dramatization by John Retallack is based on Sandra Smith's recent translation of the text which renders Camus' prose with a clarity and immediacy that rings true for the contemporary ear. Readers of Le Monde voted it most memorable book of the 20th century, and in this country a survey of young men's reading habits identified it as the most influential novel among literate adolescents - inspiring scores of imitators and a pop song.

The final part of Radio 3’s Albert Camus programming begins on Monday 11 November and is week-long series of The Essay, 'Existential Me'. Five people working in different disciplines present essays about existentialism and its impact on their work and lives.

Detailed Programme Information is available at the links below:

The Wire: The Insider

Sunday Feature: Albert Camus: Inside The Outsider

Drama On 3: The Outsider

The Essay: Existential Me

World Book Club: Albert Camus