In the spring of 1940, the aspiring but unknown writer Albert Camus and budding scientist Jacques Monod were quietly pursuing ordinary, separate lives in Paris. After the German invasion and occupation of France, each joined the Resistance and became crucial players in the fight to liberate the country from the Nazis. Through twists of circumstance, they developed a deep friendship, before emerging as leading voices of modern literature and biology, each receiving the Nobel Prize in their respective fields. Passionate advocates of human rights and extraordinary literary talents, they found in the other a shared determination to pursue the meaning of existence on every level from the molecular to the philosophical.
Drawing upon a wealth of previously unpublished and unknown material, National Book Award finalist Sean B. Carroll's Brave Genius reveals how these brilliant friends endured some of the darkest episodes of our time before blossoming into remarkably creative and engaged individuals. It is a story of the transformation of ordinary lives into exceptional lives by extraordinary events--of extreme courage in the face of overwhelming adversity, of true comrades, and of profound insight into the human condition.
Publisher: Random House USA Inc