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10 SEC READING: The book by Camus

Author: Paulo Coelho

A journalist hounded the French writer, Albert Camus, asking him to explain his work in detail.
The author of The Plague refused:
"I write, and others can make of it what they will."

But the journalist refused to give in. One afternoon, he managed to find him in a café in Paris.

"Critics say you never take on truly profound themes," said the journalist.
"I ask you now: if you had to write a book about society, would you accept the challenge?"

"Of course," replied Camus. "The book would be one hundred pages long. Ninety-nine would be blank, since there is nothing to be said.

“At the bottom of the hundredth page, I’d write: "man’s only duty is to love ".

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