Algerian Chronicles

Algerian Chronicles

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Harvard University Press

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, todayAlgerian 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.


More than 50 years after independence, Algerian Chronicles, with its prescient analysis of the dead end of terrorism, appears here in English for the first time. Published in France in 1958—the year the war caused the collapse of the Fourth French Republic—it is one of Albert Camus’ most political works: an exploration of his commitment to Algeria.

Baker & Taylor
More than 50 years after its original publication in French, Albert Camus' controversial look at the Algerian War for independence—and his opinions on terrorism—is published in English for the first time.

Book News
Published in France in 1958 as Actuelles III and appearing here in English for the first time, this volume collects the writings of French-Algerian journalist and philosopher Albert Camus reflecting on the politics of French Algeria. The writings mostly date from 1939, when he was a political activist and reporter for Alger républicain, through the 1950s, with an added introduction and concluding essay written especially for the 1958 publication. In this, some of the most explicitly political writing of his career, he rejected the cause of Algerian independence, while still highlighting French injustices that he thought had led to the then-raging Algerian War, and held out hope for a federated Algeria with French liberty extended to all of its communities. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780674072589
0674072588
Branch Call Number: 965.04 CAM
Characteristics: xii, 114 p. ; 22 cm

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