Albert Camus the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice

Albert Camus the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice

by David Carroll
     
 

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This original reading of Albert Camus' novels, short stories, and political essays concentrates on Camus' conflicted relationship with his Algerian background and finds important critical insights into issues of justice, the effects of colonial oppression, and the deadly cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism that characterized the Algerian War and continues

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This original reading of Albert Camus' novels, short stories, and political essays concentrates on Camus' conflicted relationship with his Algerian background and finds important critical insights into issues of justice, the effects of colonial oppression, and the deadly cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism that characterized the Algerian War and continues to surface in the devastation of postcolonial wars today.

David Carroll emphasizes the Algerian dimensions of Camus' literary and philosophical texts and highlights his understanding of both the injustice of colonialism and the tragic nature of Algeria's struggle for independence. By refusing to accept that the sacrifice of innocent human lives can ever be justified, even in the pursuit of noble political goals, and by rejecting simple, ideological binaries (West vs. East, Christian vs. Muslim, "us" vs. "them," good vs. evil), Camus' work offers an alternative to the stark choices that characterized his troubled times and continue to define our own.

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times Weekend Magazine
[A] timely study of Camus' writings.

— Lewis Jones

Modern & Contemporary France
[Carroll's] re-reading of Camus is not only insightful and provocative, but also reminds us of the enduring relevance of Camus's voice.

— Susan Tarrow

South Central Review
An exceptional book.

— Ralph Schoolcraft III

French Review
Carroll's study will surely become the definitive work on Camus for years to come.

— Janice Gross

Financial Times Weekend Magazine - Lewis Jones

[A] timely study of Camus' writings.

Modern & Contemporary France - Susan Tarrow

[Carroll's] re-reading of Camus is not only insightful and provocative, but also reminds us of the enduring relevance of Camus's voice.

South Central Review - Ralph Schoolcraft III

An exceptional book.

French Review - Janice Gross

Carroll's study will surely become the definitive work on Camus for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231511766
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/04/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
1 MB

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Lawrence D. Kritzman

David Carroll's study on Camus demonstrates remarkable sensitivity to the writer's intellectual struggles. It will be the landmark study on Camus for many years to come.

Lawrence D. Kritzman, Rosenwald Research Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth University

Richard J. Golsan

Albert Camus The Algerian is a timely, important, and fascinating landmark in Camus studies. David Carroll has engaged very closely not only with Camus' work and its critical reception but also with a vast body of scholarship that enriches and carefully contextualizes Carroll's discussions. The book is a highly original work of scholarship, a must not only for Camus scholars but also for specialists in modern French literature and culture. Given the clarity and precision of its style, its accessibility, and its discussion of important and very topical issues, Carroll's book should be readily accessible to a much wider audience as well.

Richard J. Golsan, Texas A&M University

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