Cimetière avec vu sur mer

“In the suburbs of Algiers, there is a little cemetery with black iron gates. If you go to the far end, you look out over the valley with the sea in the distance. You can spend a long time dreaming before this offering that sighs with the sea. But when you retrace your steps, you find a slab that says ‘Eternal regrets’ on an abandoned grave. Fortunately, there are idealists to tidy things up.”

— Albert Camus, “L’Envers et l’Endroit,” 1937. Published in “Lyrical and Critical Essays,” edited by Philip Thody and translated by Ellen Conroy Kennedy. Copyright 1968, Alfred A. Konpf, Inc., Copyright 1967 by Hamish Hamilton Ltd., and Alfred A. Knopf.


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