These haunting and evocative stories, many set in the shimmering desert fringes of Camus's native Algeria, were written when he was at the height of his powers as the youngest French writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature .
They deal with exile - spiritual, mental or physical - depicting men and women at decisive and revelatory moments of their lives. Each seeks liberation, an escape into another world, yet the result is often not freedom but imprisonment of another kind instead . . .