Did The KGB Kill Albert Camus?

The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera says that the KGB may have been responsible for the death of French writer and Nobel laureate Albert Camus (pictured). The paper traced back some academic remarks to an overlooked diary entry from Czech poet Jan Zábrana, who claimed that Camus’s 1960 car accident was in fact staged by Soviet spies. The reason? Camus publicly denounced a Soviet foreign minister this one time, and also angered Moscow by supporting Boris Pasternak after he was banned by Stalin. Zábrana says the KGB punctured the tire of the car carrying Camus; a Camus biographer says nothing in the Moscow historical record offers proof.

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