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The First Man is Albert Camus' unfinished final novel.

The First Man
FirstMan.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Albert Camus
Original title Le Premier Homme
Translator David Hapgood
Country France
Language French
Publisher Éditions Gallimard
Publication date
1994
Published in English
1995
ISBN 0-679-43937-4
OCLC 31938033
843/.914 20
LC Class PQ2605.A3734 P7413 1995

The First Man (French title: Le Premier homme) is Albert Camus' unfinished final novel.

On January 4, 1960, at the age of forty-six, Camus was killed in a car accident in the Luberon area in southern France. The incomplete manuscript of The First Man, the autobiographical novel Camus was working on at the time of his death, was found in the mud at the accident site. Camus' daughter, Catherine Camus, later transcribed the handwritten manuscript to type press, and published the book in 1994. Camus hoped that it would be his masterpiece and some critics agreed with his view, even in its unfinished state – largely citing the physical intensity and uninhibited psychology of boyhood as removed from the reservedness of Camus' other novels.