Under the sign of Ithaca, that mythical homeland still to be conquered through constantly renewed trials and endeavours, the first Albert Camus Mediterranean Literary Gathering invited us to seek, guided by Camusian “buoys”, a navigable route towards a calmer Ithaca, a meeting place for peoples of the Mediterranean to be united yet different.
Under the sign of Prometheus, the second Trobades literàries mediterrànies Albert Camus will focus on Revolt, a keystone of Camusian reflection. The theme sits in the centre of the triptych he sought to accomplish: “I. The Myth of Sisyphus (absurd). II. The Myth of Prometheus (revolt). III. The Myth of Nemesis.” (1). These mythical figures that we place in the pediment over this Gathering should not distract us from the realities of the world; on the contrary, writes Camus: “Myths have no life of their own. They wait for us to clothe them in flesh.” (2).
That is what brings us here. Let a shared cry rise up from Minorca, the island bathed in light but also exposed to all the winds of the Mediterranean. The cry of those who, faced with the obscurantist forces of destruction, pit the shining forces of creation; who, faced with chaos, dream lucidly of an order guarded by Nemesis (the goddess who punishes excess). Utopia it is, but “relative utopia” (3).
The 2019 Gathering will bring together specialists in the work of Camus, writers, artists and personalities from the world of culture hailing from the various shores of our common sea. Their analysis and testimonies will assist us as we embark upon the paths of our revolt to find, as Camus did, an “invincible summer” (4).
All references refer to the latest La Pléiade edition, with the exception of the reference to Plato.
(1) Carnets, O.C.IV, p.1093;
(2) Prometheus in the Underworld, Summer, O.C.III, p.591;
(3) Combat, O.C.II, p.445;
(4) Return to Tipasa, Summer, O.C.III, p.613.