Unveiling one of the most sensational love affairs of the French literary history, a series of letters exchanged between the Nobel prize winning author, Albert Camus and the Spanish actress Maria Casares are to be published.
The passionate love affair continued for 13 long years leading to an exchange of more than 860 letters.
Brought together by Camus’ daughter, Catherine Camus, the letters were exchanged while he was married to the beautiful pianist and mathematician, Francine Faure.
The love affair began when they met on June 6, 1944. It sparkled when they kissed for the first time after a rehearsal for his play The Misunderstanding.
The love affair could not survive with the arrival of Camus’s wife in newly liberated Paris and Camus’s return to his marital bed.
But in less than a year, Camus went back to Casares and his infidelity soon drove Francine to distraction and depression.
After winning the Nobel Prize for literature, Camus sent her a telegram saying, “Never have I missed you more. Your Alonso.” His last letter to her was sent on December 30, 1959, five days before his death.
“See you soon, my superb. I am so happy at the idea of seeing you again that I laugh just writing it… I kiss you and I hold you to me until Tuesday when we will start again,” he wrote in his last letter expressing his excitement of meeting her but before he could meet her, he died in a car accident.