Book #49

Create Dangerously by Albert Camus

Camus argues passionately that the artist has a responsibility to challenge, provoke and speak up for those who cannot in this powerful speech, accompanied here by two others.

Three speeches from Camus on an artist’s responsibility to challenge, pronounce, and provoke. In other words, don’t be shy to create dangerously. His points were, as always, apt and insightful, but didn’t quite grab me in the way I was expecting. 

It is interesting to read these with a modern viewpoint, as many of his musings still readily apply today. Admittedly, a lot went over my head, but I was left wondering whether it’s possible for artists not to comment on our world. Can we avoid, whether directly or indirectly, referencing social climates, political landscapes, or historical landmarks? I’m still unsure. Also, will there ever be a work of art which is universally applauded, or in every case criticised? It’s doubtful. 

An interesting read, but I think I will stick to the fictional works of Camus in order to interpret his mind.