By Albert Camus
Greater than fifty years after Algerian independence, Albert Camus' Algerian Chronicles seems the following in English for the 1st time.
Published in France in 1958, an analogous yr the Algerian struggle caused the cave in of the Fourth French Republic, it's considered one of Camus' such a lot political works--an exploration of his commitments to Algeria. brushed aside or disdained at booklet, this day Algerian Chronicles, with its prescient research of the useless finish of terrorism, enjoys a brand new existence in Arthur Goldhammer's stylish translation. "Believe me while I inform you that Algeria is the place I damage at this moment," Camus, who used to be the main obvious image of France's bothered dating with Algeria, writes, "as others suppose discomfort of their lungs." accumulated listed below are Camus' most powerful statements on Algeria from the Nineteen Thirties during the Fifties, revised and supplemented by way of the writer for ebook in booklet shape. In her creation, Alice Kaplan illuminates the issue confronted by way of Camus: he was once dedicated to the protection of these who suffered colonial injustices, but was once 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 about violence and counter-violence, nationwide identification, terrorism, and justice that proceed to light up our modern world.
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