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By David Carroll

ISBN-10: 023114086X

ISBN-13: 9780231140867

In those unique readings of Albert Camus' novels, brief tales, and political essays, David Carroll concentrates on Camus' conflicted courting together with his Algerian historical past and unearths very important serious insights into questions of justice, the consequences of colonial oppression, and the lethal cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism that characterised the Algerian struggle and maintains to floor within the devastation of postcolonial wars this day.

During France's "dirty battle" in Algeria, Camus referred to as for an finish to the violence perpetrated opposed to civilians by means of either France and the Algerian nationwide Liberation entrance (FLN) and supported the production of a postcolonial, multicultural, and democratic Algeria. His place was once rejected via such a lot of his contemporaries at the Left and has, satirically, earned him the identify of colonialist sympathizer in addition to the scorn of significant postcolonial critics.

Carroll rescues Camus' paintings from such feedback through emphasizing the Algerian dimensions of his literary and philosophical texts and through highlighting in his novels and brief tales his figuring out of either the injustice of colonialism and the tragic nature of Algeria's fight for independence. via refusing to just accept that the sacrifice of blameless human lives can ever be justified, even within the pursuit of noble political ambitions, and by means of rejecting easy, ideological binaries (West vs. East, Christian vs. Muslim, "us" vs. "them," reliable vs. evil), Camus' paintings bargains a substitute for the stark offerings that characterised his occasions and proceed to outline our personal.

"What they did not like, used to be the Algerian, in him," Camus wrote of his fictional double in The First Man. not just should still "the Algerian" in Camus be "liked," Carroll argues, however the Algerian dimensions of his literary and political texts represent a vital a part of their carrying on with curiosity. Carroll's examining additionally indicates why Camus' serious standpoint has a lot to give a contribution to modern debates stemming from the worldwide "war on terror."

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He refuses to lie. . ”8 To refuse to play the social game and to die for the truth could of course be considered commendable, even noble, acts, certainly far different than not expressing emotion at one’s own mother’s funeral. But it is still necessary to ask what truth Meursault actually dies for. 9 It is crucial first of all to recognize that the narrative logic (or illogic) of the novel demands that the murder be committed and then ignored. For the murder is only a pretext for Meursault being arrested, interrogated, tried for a capital offense, convicted, and sentenced to death.

After rereading his political essays and literary texts, I am convinced now, even more than when reading The First Man for the first time, that Camus’ is a voice to which we urgently need to listen once again. Or perhaps really for the first time. indb 17 2/6/07 9:52:55 AM Stranger, who could know what this word means. Stranger, to acknowledge that everything is foreign to me [Étranger, avouer que tout m’est étranger]. —Albert Camus, Carnets (March 1940) In a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels like a stranger.

After rereading his political essays and literary texts, I am convinced now, even more than when reading The First Man for the first time, that Camus’ is a voice to which we urgently need to listen once again. Or perhaps really for the first time. indb 17 2/6/07 9:52:55 AM Stranger, who could know what this word means. Stranger, to acknowledge that everything is foreign to me [Étranger, avouer que tout m’est étranger]. —Albert Camus, Carnets (March 1940) In a universe suddenly divested of illusions and lights, man feels like a stranger.

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