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Where Is the Reunion?

November 08, 1987

Your otherwise praiseworthy review of Albert Camus' "American Journals" (The Book Review, Sept. 20) contains the odd statement that with the translation of the "American Journals," Camus, "who died in 1960, rejoins Jean Paul Sartre, dead in 1980, and Simone de Beauvoir, who died in 1986, comrades and colleagues from whom he became politically and personally estranged in 1952." Where exactly is he going to join them? And will a translation of a minor work get him there? Since none of these three philosophers believed in any kind of existence after death, isn't it preposterous to suggest in a review of one of their works that some kind of union awaits them?

BRIAN MADDOX

New York

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