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
Journalism: Albert Camus Panel Discussion
Event Date and Time:
28 April 2015 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm
NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square
The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute invites you to a panel discussion on the journalism of author and philosopher, Albert Camus. Algerian Chronicles, a collection of Camus’s journalism on Algeria from the 1930s through the 1950s, provides the historical context for this panel. Most great writers are also superb reporters. Here is Albert Camus, long before he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, before his novels and short stories and plays, telling us what he saw, and heard, and felt in the lost country of Algeria.