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By Mark Orme, Lissa Lincoln, Christine Margerrison

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ISBN-10: 9042023589

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Within the first decade of a brand new century, this choice of bilingual essays examines Camus's carrying on with attractiveness for a brand new new release of readers. In the most important respects, the realm Camus knew has replaced past all attractiveness: decolonization, the autumn of the Iron Curtain, a brand new period of globalization and the increase of latest kinds of terrorism have all provoked a reconsideration of Camus's writings. If the Absurd as soon as struck a selected chord, Meursault is as most likely now to be visible as a colonial determine who expresses the alienation of the settler from the land of his delivery. but this expanding orthodoxy should also take account of the explanations why a brand new group of Algerian readers have embraced Camus. both, as soon as remoted as a result of his anti-Communist stance, Camus has been taken up through disaffected contributors of the Left, confident that new different types of totalitarianism are in a foreign country on the planet. This quantity, which levels from interpretations of Camus's literary works, his journalism and his political writings, can be of curiosity to all these looking to think again Camus's paintings within the gentle of moral and political concerns which are of constant relevance at the present time

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Par souci de clarté encore, je distinguerai parmi ces propos et traiterai séparément ceux qui relèvent de la réflexion philosophique proprement dite – essentiellement les réflexions sur le fondement et sur l’éthique – et ceux qui sont de nature politique. Ici aussi les limites de ces différents domaines sont floues et les passages d’un domaine à l’autre fréquents. Il va de soi que je ne pourrai traiter toutes ces questions en détail et que je me limiterai à quelques indications. i) Le fondement Il y a du Mythe de Sisyphe à L’Homme révolté à la fois un souci de continuité et une volonté d’approfondissement.

The relation between history and memory has been the subject of endless investigation, of course, and I do not intend to rehearse any of it here. While not returning to issues related specifically to sites of memory either (because this is a now familiar aspect of Le Premier Homme), I would prefer, simply, to situate what follows in relation to a distinction made by Pierre Nora in Representations in 1989: Memory and history, far from being synonymous, appear now to be in fundamental opposition.

This was the model central to the Algerianist movement dominant in the colony from the early twenties to the late thirties. This was a movement which also privileged the fictional figure of the “working man” but which, unlike Camus, was happy to depict an existence driven solely by appetites, his greed, his alcohol-fuelled conviviality, his machismo and his racism. In Noces (1939), “L’Été à Alger” and its concluding “Récit de bagarre entendu à Bab-el-Oued” are edulcorated versions of that “Algerianism”.

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