Albert Camus the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justiceby David Carroll
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… See more details below
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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.
Ralph Schoolcraft III
[A] timely study of Camus' writings.
[Carroll's] re-reading of Camus is not only insightful and provocative, but also reminds us of the enduring relevance of Camus's voice.
An exceptional book.
Carroll's study will surely become the definitive work on Camus for years to come.
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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
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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