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By Albert Camus

Author note: Arthur Goldhammer (Translation), Alice Kaplan (Introduction)
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1958
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More than fifty years after Algerian independence, Albert Camus "Algerian Chronicles" looks the following in English for the 1st time. released in France in 1958, an identical 12 months the Algerian battle led to the cave in of the Fourth French Republic, it really is certainly one of Camus such a lot political works an exploration of his commitments to Algeria. brushed aside or disdained at ebook, this present day "Algerian Chronicles, " with its prescient research of the lifeless finish of terrorism, enjoys a brand new lifestyles in Arthur Goldhammer s based translation.

Believe me whilst I let you know that Algeria is the place I harm at this second, Camus, who used to be the main seen image of France s afflicted courting with Algeria, writes, as others believe soreness of their lungs. accrued listed here are Camus most powerful statements on Algeria from the Nineteen Thirties in the course of the Fifties, revised and supplemented by means of the writer for e-book in publication form.

In her creation, Alice Kaplan illuminates the hindrance confronted via Camus: he used to be devoted to the security of these who suffered colonial injustices, but was once not able to help Algerian nationwide sovereignty except France. An appendix of lesser-known texts that didn't look within the French version enhances the image of a moralist who posed questions on violence and counter-violence, nationwide identification, terrorism, and justice that proceed to light up our modern global.

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On this point, terrorism as practiced in Algeria has greatly 24 preface influenced my attitude. When the fate of men and women who share one’s own blood is linked directly or indirectly to articles that one writes so effortlessly in the comfort of one’s study, then one has a duty to weigh the pros and cons before taking up one’s pen. For my own part, while I remain sensitive to the risk that, in criticizing the course of the rebellion, I give aid and comfort to the most insolent instigators of the Algerian tragedy, I am also afraid that, by retracing the long history of French errors, I am, with no risk to myself, supplying alibis to the criminal madmen who would toss grenades into crowds of innocent people who happen to be my kin.

A handout of 12 liters of grain every two or three months to families with four or five children is the equivalent of spitting in the ocean. Millions are spent every year, and those millions do no good. I do not think that charitable feelings are useless. But I do think that in some cases the results of charity are useless and that a constructive social policy would therefore be preferable. Note, too, that the selection of beneficiaries of these handouts is usually left to the discretion of the local caïd (village chieftain) or municipal councilors, who are not necessarily impartial.

To deal with unemployment, many communes have organized charity workshops, where indigents do useful work for which they are paid 8 to 10 francs a day, half in grain, half in cash. The communes of Fort-National, Michelet, Maillot, and Port- Gueydon, among others, have organized such workshops, which offer the advantage of preserving the dignity of the men receiving assistance. But they also have one important drawback: in communes where all the grain available for assistance goes to the workshops, invalids who are unable to work receive no aid.

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