By Albert Camus
"Caligula : C'est une vérité toute basic et toute claire, un peu bête, mais difficile à découvrir et lourde à porter.
Hélicon : Et qu'est-ce donc que cette vérité, Caïus ?
Caligula : Les hommes meurent et ils ne sont pas heureux.
Hélicon : Allons, Caïus, c'est une vérité dont on s'arrange très bien. Regarde autour de toi. Ce n'est pas cela qui les empêche de déjeuner.
Caligula : Alors, c'est que tout, autour de moi, est mensonge, et moi, je veux qu'on vive dans los angeles vérité !"
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I am grateful to the staffs of all the libraries and archives I have visited. In the United States these include the libraries of the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Harvard College, and the Lincoln Center Library of the Performing Arts (New York Public Library). In Sweden I have used material in the archives of the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten), the Drottningholm Theatre Museum, the Gothenburg Theatre Museum, and the libraries of the Universities of Uppsala, Lund, and Gothenburg.
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