For Jacques Cormery, a journey to his native Algiers brings a wave of memories that forces him to confront his past. He recalls his poverty-stricken, fatherless childhood, running wild with other soccer-mad boys under the hot African sun. And he remembers the inspiring teacher who gave him a love for learning that took him out of one life and introduced him to another filled with books. Now a grown man living in France, Jacques must ask himself: where does he belong? Which side of the Mediterranean should he call home?
Discovered unfinished after Camus' death, The First Man is his most autobiographical novel – a rich evocation of place that gives profound insights into his life and work.
Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature