By Albert Camus

ISBN-10: 0674073800

ISBN-13: 9780674073807

Author note: Arthur Goldhammer (Translation), Alice Kaplan (Introduction)
Publish yr note: First released in 1958
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More than fifty years after Algerian independence, Albert Camus "Algerian Chronicles" appears to be like the following in English for the 1st time. released in France in 1958, an identical yr the Algerian warfare caused the cave in of the Fourth French Republic, it truly is certainly one of Camus such a lot political works an exploration of his commitments to Algeria. brushed aside or disdained at ebook, this day "Algerian Chronicles, " with its prescient research of the lifeless finish of terrorism, enjoys a brand new lifestyles in Arthur Goldhammer s stylish translation.

Believe me while I inform you that Algeria is the place I harm at this second, Camus, who was once the main noticeable image of France s stricken dating with Algeria, writes, as others suppose discomfort of their lungs. accumulated listed below are Camus most powerful statements on Algeria from the Thirties in the course of the Fifties, revised and supplemented via the writer for book in ebook form.

In her advent, Alice Kaplan illuminates the hassle confronted by means of Camus: he used to be dedicated to the protection of these who suffered colonial injustices, but used to be not able to help Algerian nationwide sovereignty except France. An appendix of lesser-known texts that didn't seem within the French version enhances the image of a moralist who posed questions on violence and counter-violence, nationwide id, terrorism, and justice that proceed to light up our modern international.

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After all, Gandhi proved that one could fight for one’s people, and win, without forfeiting the world’s esteem for an instant. No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people in which the killer knows in advance that he will kill women and children. As the reader will soon discover, I have said repeatedly that, if criticism is to be effective, both camps must be condemned. I therefore concluded that it was both indecent and harmful to denounce French torture in the company of critics who had nothing 1.

This book is among other things the history of a failure. But the simplifications of hatred and prejudice, which embitter and perpetuate the Algerian conflict, must be combated on a daily basis, and one man cannot do the job alone. What is required is a movement, a supportive press, 32 preface and constant action. The lies and omissions that obscure the real problem must also be exposed on a daily basis. The government is already committed to undeclared war. It wants a free hand to deal with the problem as it sees fit while begging for money from our allies.

It is enough to know that teachers in the school at Talam-Aïach saw their students come to class this past October completely naked and covered with lice, and that they gave them clothes and shaved their heads. m. because their village is so far away from the schoolhouse, only 1 out of 60 eats barleycakes, while the others lunch on an onion or a couple of figs. When grain was distributed in Fort-National, I questioned a child who was carry ing a small sack of barley on his back. ” And with a suspicious look he proceeded on his way.

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