Le Premier Homme : The first Man, played by Jean-Paul Schintu
To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Albert Camus’ Nobel Prize, the Alliance Française of San Francisco is organizing a retrospective the first week of December 2017.
Albert Camus is the most read French author abroad. Philosopher, writer and journalist, he’s notably famous for his political positions and his texts on absurdism and existentialism.
During this event, Jean-Paul Schintu will perform his adaptation of the last Albert Camus’ novel The First Man.
Jean-Paul Schintu is a French actor and stage director. Former student of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, he has performed in more than 60 plays, both classical (Molière, Musset, Maupassant) and contemporary (Sarraute, Ionesco, Claudel) in France and abroad.
When Camus died in 1960, he was working on the “The First Man”. The manuscript was found in his bath towel at the accident site. At that time, his wife and friends decided not to publish the unfinished novel. The text publication came out in 1994.
The book is an autobiographical novel written in third person. Usually reticent to talk about himself, Camus explicitly sets out on a pilgrimage to his past and to his private world. This novel addresses the absence of his father.
Camus also pays tribute to the Algeria of his childhood to which he is deeply attached. This homage was far from insignificant during the Algerian war (1954-1962). Albert Camus’ moderate position on this conflict was decried. The correct stance at the time was indeed to support the Algerian independence movement.
Jean-Paul Schintu will present his own interpretation of the novel in highlighting the most important excerpts such as the search of the father, the intense relation with his mother, the colonialism damages, and the difficulties to write during the Algerian conflict.
Show length : 1h15m
Event organized with San Francisco Bay Accueil.