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Algerian Chronicles

More than fifty years after Algerian independence, Albert Camus “Algerian Chronicles” appears here in English for the first time. Published in France in 1958, the same year the Algerian War brought about the collapse of the Fourth French Republic, it is one of Camus most political works an exploration of his commitments to Algeria. Dismissed or disdained at publication, today “Algerian Chronicles, ” with its prescient analysis of the dead end of terrorism, enjoys a new life in Arthur Goldhammer s elegant translation.

Believe me when I tell you that Algeria is where I hurt at this moment, Camus, who was the most visible symbol of France s troubled relationship with Algeria, writes, as others feel pain in their lungs. Gathered here are Camus strongest statements on Algeria from the 1930s through the 1950s, revised and supplemented by the author for publication in book form.

In her introduction, Alice Kaplan illuminates the dilemma faced by Camus: he was committed to the defense of those who suffered colonial injustices, yet was unable to support Algerian national sovereignty apart from France. An appendix of lesser-known texts that did not appear in the French edition complements the picture of a moralist who posed questions about violence and counter-violence, national identity, terrorism, and justice that continue to illuminate our contemporary world.”

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Author: Albert Camus

Editor/Translator: Arthur Goldhammer, Alice Kaplan,

Edition: Reprint

Binding: Paperback

Condition: New

Manufacturer: Belknap Press

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 240

Product group: Book

Studio: Belknap Press

Publication Date: November 24, 2014

Publisher: Belknap Press

Pages: 240

EAN: 9780674416758

ISBN: 0674416759

ASIN: 0674416759

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.