Within the first decade of a brand new century, this choice of bilingual essays examines Camus's carrying on with reputation for a brand new iteration of readers. In the most important respects, the area Camus knew has replaced past all reputation: decolonization, the autumn of the Iron Curtain, a brand new period of globalization and the increase of latest varieties 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 probably now to be obvious as a colonial determine who expresses the alienation of the settler from the land of his beginning. 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 via disaffected participants of the Left, confident that new kinds of totalitarianism are in a foreign country on the earth. This quantity, which levels from interpretations of Camus's literary works, his journalism and his political writings, can be of curiosity to all these trying to re-examine Camus's paintings within the mild of moral and political matters which are of continuous relevance this present day.
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What is selected for narration in Camus’s evocation of the disadvantaged colonial under-class and a world on the threshold of its historical 50 Peter Dunwoodie disappearance (“l’histoire de la fin d’un monde” (PH, 282) ), just like what is “forgotten”, is thus an application of the alternative imperative driving that reflection: not merely conventional values like the “fidelity” of memory or the “truth” of history, but the issue of the use of that material within a specific political project. If we look at this briefly with respect to memory, I would like to retrace how the text, as it stands, constitutes a disjointed trajectory made up of repeated shifts between (i) what is personal (ii) what is narrated by the family, and (iii) what is collective.
La question de la légitimité du meurtre logique ou idéologique telle que Camus la pose, n’a rien perdu de son actualité : les hommes continuent de s’affronter au nom d’idées qu’ils pensent souvent de manière insuffisante ou qu’ils se contentent de répéter. L’effort de l’écrivain pour limiter la violence, pour accommoder la justice à la liberté et la liberté à la justice me semble toujours exemplaire ; croire comme Sartre dans sa préface aux Damnés de la terre que la lance d’Achille guérira les violences qu’elle suscite15, continue de me paraître un leurre.
La communauté européenne, que Camus appelait de ses vœux dès Lettres à un ami allemand, a progressé, mais si elle est une réussite économique, elle reste divisée, sur le plan politique, de par l’égoïsme de certains de ses membres. Ajoutons que l’eurocentrisme ou l’occidentalocentrisme encore dominants à l’époque ont peu à peu fait place à la conscience de la montée en puissance des peuples colonisés. Tocqueville faisait remarquer aux XIXe siècle que les États-unis et la Russie étaient les puissances de l’avenir ; aujourd’hui, il va de soi que les grandes puissances de demain seront la Chine et l’Inde.