David Carroll's Albert Camus the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice PDF

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 severe 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 struggle" in Algeria, Camus known as for an finish to the violence perpetrated opposed to civilians via either France and the Algerian nationwide Liberation entrance (FLN) and supported the construction of a postcolonial, multicultural, and democratic Algeria. His place used to be rejected by way of so much of his contemporaries at the Left and has, mockingly, earned him the name of colonialist sympathizer in addition to the scorn of vital postcolonial critics.

Carroll rescues Camus' paintings from such feedback by way of emphasizing the Algerian dimensions of his literary and philosophical texts and via 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 via rejecting easy, ideological binaries (West vs. East, Christian vs. Muslim, "us" vs. "them," solid vs. evil), Camus' paintings deals an alternative choice to the stark offerings that characterised his occasions and proceed to outline our personal.

"What they did not like, was once the Algerian, in him," Camus wrote of his fictional double in The First Man. not just may still "the Algerian" in Camus be "liked," Carroll argues, however the Algerian dimensions of his literary and political texts represent an important a part of their carrying on with curiosity. Carroll's analyzing additionally exhibits why Camus' serious point of view has a lot to give a contribution to modern debates stemming from the worldwide "war on terror."

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One has the right to ask in the name of what Camus’s behavior was condemned. All of the old condemnations implied values that have today been abandoned. —Jean Daniel, Le temps qui reste It would not be an exaggeration to say that many critics today still do not like the Algerian in Camus. Even though the question of Camus’ relation to Algeria has divided critics for decades, most of the important postcolonial interpreters of his politics have paid at least lip service to the difficulties and contradictions a pied-noir on the political Left faced once a brutal anticolonialist war had broken out in Algeria.

Camus may not have found realistic solutions to the political conflicts of his own time or provided adequate answers to today’s divisive political issues, but his writings raise fundamental questions concerning justice and the limits of political actions that can and should be taken in its pursuit. I believe that it is time we begin to take such questions seriously. indb 15 2/6/07 9:52:55 AM 16 “The Algerian” in Camus for justice for all Algerians. And above all, that before judging and attacking his writings, readers consider seriously his idea, no matter how unrealistic it might be, especially given what actually occurred in Algeria, of a hybrid, multicultural Algerian people and its implications for the postcolonial era or condition in which we now live.

I would argue that reading Camus without a prosecutor’s mentality produces very different results from the verdicts of his harshest critics. This book urges readers, whether committed to postcolonial theories or not, to read Camus critically before, and even instead of, judging him. Camus may not have found realistic solutions to the political conflicts of his own time or provided adequate answers to today’s divisive political issues, but his writings raise fundamental questions concerning justice and the limits of political actions that can and should be taken in its pursuit.

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