Into the night and fog Camus has chosen an "absurdist" estimate of living at a dangerous time, in 1942, in defeated Paris under Nazi Occupation. Others, like himself, are members of the Resistance, an "army of shadows" - men and women who flit unseen in acts of sabotage - always in peril of arrest by the Gestapo, torture and death.
Absurdity, he says, "in its distressing nudity, in its light without effulgence . . . " Of course, there is a sub-text to Camus' essay on absurdism in this time and place, one which evades the policing of Occupation censorship and is itself an act of defiant resistance.