By David Carroll

In those unique readings of Albert Camus' novels, brief tales, and political essays, David Carroll concentrates on Camus' conflicted courting together with his Algerian history and unearths vital severe insights into questions of justice, the consequences of colonial oppression, and the lethal cycle of terrorism and counterterrorism that characterised the Algerian battle and maintains to floor within the devastation of postcolonial wars this present day.

During France's "dirty conflict" in Algeria, Camus referred to as for an finish to the violence perpetrated opposed to civilians via either France and the Algerian nationwide Liberation entrance (FLN) and supported the production 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, paradoxically, earned him the name of colonialist sympathizer in addition to the scorn of vital postcolonial critics.

Carroll rescues Camus' paintings from such feedback through emphasizing the Algerian dimensions of his literary and philosophical texts and via highlighting in his novels and brief tales his knowing of either the injustice of colonialism and the tragic nature of Algeria's fight for independence. by way of refusing to just accept that the sacrifice of blameless human lives can ever be justified, even within the pursuit of noble political objectives, and by means of rejecting basic, ideological binaries (West vs. East, Christian vs. Muslim, "us" vs. "them," stable vs. evil), Camus' paintings bargains an alternative choice to the stark offerings that characterised his instances and proceed to outline our personal.

"What they did not like, used to be 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 a vital a part of their carrying on with curiosity. Carroll's interpreting additionally indicates why Camus' severe point of view has a lot to give a contribution to modern debates stemming from the worldwide "war on terror."

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Walzer’s purpose is the opposite: to “defend [Camus] against his critics,” including or especially, one would imagine, O’Brien, “and at the same time free him from the bonds of myth” so that we can “learn from his experience something about the obligations and limits of the critical enterprise” (137). Said, whose position is close to but not identical with O’Brien’s, also feels that we can learn important lessons from Camus, but principally, if not exclusively, negative ones. indb 12 2/6/07 9:52:54 AM “The Algerian” in Camus 13 whose rights to the land have been severely curtailed.

17 Whatever their ultimate purpose for doing so, all four commentators admit that Camus was a man of high moral principles, all acknowledge that the political situation he faced as a pied-noir during the armed struggle for independence in Algeria was extremely difficult and painful and that he was highly conflicted over what he could and should do, and all are willing to praise his honesty and courage. But they definitely do not agree, at least not when the issue is colonialism in general and the Algerian War in particular, as to whether or not honesty and moral courage were enough.

His place behind bars is in a world almost completely populated by Arabs. Unlike the Arab prisoners and the colonized in general, however, Meursault’s loss of the privilege of being French and thus on the other side of the bars could be temporary, for in principle it would be possible for him to regain his birthright, his identity, his civil rights, his freedom, and his privileges, as limited as they might be, by being declared innocent of murder and either set free or convicted of a much less serious crime, one that would not put his right to French identity into question.

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