Camus And Orwell’s Hypothetical Coffee Date

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In 1945 George Orwell was scheduled to meet Albert Camus at a café in Paris. However, Camus became ill and the two authors never met. Now, for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Matthew Lamb speculates what might have happened had the two actually had the opportunity to speak. With the help of the authors’ biographies, Lamb imagines a brief conversation surrounding topics of censorship, journalism, and the Spanish Civil War.


Jake Slovis earned his MFA in Writing from Rutgers University, where he now teaches English Composition. He is a second-generation Argentine American and has spent significant time living and writing in Buenos Aires. He currently resides in Brooklyn. More from this author →