Robert Zaretsky

Robert Zaretsky is LARB’s history editor, and he teaches in the Honors College, University of Houston. His books include Nîmes at War (Penn State University 1995), Cock and Bull Stories: Folco de Baroncelli and the Invention of the Camargue (Nebraska 2004), and with John Scott, The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of Human Understanding (Yale 2009). His most recent books are Albert Camus: Elements to a Life (Cornell 2010) and, with Alice Conklin and Sarah Fishman, France and its Empire Since 1870 (Oxford 2010). His most recent book is Boswell’s Enlightenment, and his A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning was published by Harvard in November 2013.


CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLES

The Limits of Absurdity

Albert Camus's confusion over Americans has become our confusion, while his observations cut as deeply today as they did 70 years ago....


Paris: A Tale of Two Cities

"What strikes us today as terrifyingly new would in 1914 strike many Parisians, mutatis mutandis, as little more than déjà vu."...


On Being Shocked

The mass media, it seems, will never run short of opportunities to numb us....


The View from Bodrum

Herodotus would have had much to say about both the events that led to the tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, and the way it has been treated in the media....


The Idea of Europe

Costica Bradatan and Robert Zaretsky on George Stiener and "The Idea of Europe" as a place defined more by philosophy than economics....


It’s the Emotions, Stupid

"How did the ideals of 1789 … morph into the horrors of 1793, steeped in blood, violence, and paranoia?"...


Camus at 100

In honor of the French novelist, essayist, and philosopher...


Syria and the Peace of Westphalia

The treaties constituting the Peace of Westphalia were drawn up by pragmatists as way out of sectarian violence — might it have some clues for us?...


Letter to the Editor

To the Editors of The Los Angeles Review of Books: IN HIS REVIEW of The Black Count, Robert Zaretsky makes plain ...


A Man Apart

WHILE THE MAGIC KINGDOM does not boast an Existential Land — at least not the sort that would be recognized as ...

A Man Apart
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