In Zaretsky’s opinion, Camus isn’t so much a philosopher or an existentialist, but a moralist.
I realized that history was made by real people. People with their own dreams and disappointments and dailyness. People just like you or me. People who laugh and eat and shiver, and change their minds and lose their tempers and wish maybe it wouldn’t rain today. People who have no clue that the thing they do in a moment of boredom or fear or love will set in motion history-making events.
Stories are vessels for meaning, where meaning can’t be contained otherwise, in information. That’s why religion is a narrative. Political life is a narrative. And I think fiction is a secular version of that. It’s a narrative which helps us understand things that don’t have a coherence in daily life.