[E–pub/E–book] Albert Camus

  • Paperback
  • 96
  • Albert Camus
  • Conor Cruise OBrien
  • English
  • 02 August 2019
  • 9780006322542

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review Albert Camus read & download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Conor Cruise OBrien Conor Cruise OBrien à 3 characters Nsiders that Oran itself was occupied by the French colonialists an irony which Camus seems blissfully unaware In passing there is not a named Arab who is the victim of the plague It's as if these deaths are of little value compared to the French occupiers. An excellent prescient little work of criticism that endures well

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review Albert Camus read & download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Conor Cruise OBrien Conor Cruise OBrien à 3 characters Damentally O'Brien takes issue with the allegorical value of the plague in La Peste It is of course generally accepted that the disease is a metaphor for the Nazi occupation of France Western Europe however the impact of this metaphor collapses when one co.

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review Albert Camus read & download ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Conor Cruise OBrien Conor Cruise OBrien à 3 characters Forty years ago Conor Cruise O'Brien wrote a small but brilliantly argued critiue of Camus' work In The Outsider for example amongst many things O'Brien notes is that a European in Algeria would not face the death penalty for the murder of an Arab More fun. Most European criticism ethnocentric to the point of imagining itself universal slides easily into colonial assumptions and perspectives and only notices the appearance of politics when these assumptions and perspectives are contested 49I have the unfortunate honor of being the first to rate and review Camus by Conor Cruise O Brien the Irish politician writer historian and academic Profoundly moved by Camus s works O Brien wrote this critiue in order to challenge some lingering misinterpretations of and misconceptions about the French Algerian writer The book relatively short at 86 pages is divided into three main sections The Stranger The Plague and The Fall These three novels constitute the backbone of O Brien s critiue however he also discusses other works by Camus such as his essays The Myth of Sisyphus Betwixt and Between Neither Victims nor Executioners and The Rebel his plays Caligula The Just Assassins A State of Siege and The Misunderstanding his story collection Exile and the Kingdom and his journalistic writings Overall then Camus s body of work is well represented by O BrienFor each of the three novels in uestion O Brien provides a wonderfully succinct summary after which he draws attention to the points of interest The main overarching theme for O Brien is the way in which Camus grappled with his native Algeria the setting of so many of his works with the indigenous Arabs who inhabited it but who are not so surprisingly in the end as O Brien will argue curiously absent in his works and with the uestion of Algerian independence from French colonialism which twisted him into paradoxical positions and pitted him against other French intellectuals The conception of Camus as the conscience of Western civilization is too simplistic and not entirely accurate as O Brien will show We may indeed accept the fact that Camus s work is a notable expression of the Western moral conscience But we should not ignore the fact that it also registers the hesitations and limitations of that conscience and that one of the great limitations lies along the cultural frontier the colony 27 I will not go into all the details of O Brien s argument the book speaks for itself I will just offer one example of O Brien s scrutiny He describes in his section on The Plague how in the beginning of that novel the journalist Rambert comes to see the local doctor Rieux He is writing a story for a Paris newspaper about the condition of the Arabs and is seeking information about the matter Rieux asks Rambert if he could report the truth the whole truth if he were told it Rambert admits that no he could not Rieux then responds admirably that if this is the case then he will not offer any information O Brien then points out that after this moment early on in the novel of high mindedness concerning the truth about the Arab condition this very condition and the Arabs with it practically disappears from the novel Near the novel s end as Rambert and Rieux walk through the native uarters Camus describes these as curiously deserted a phrase that is emblematic to O Brien of Camus s treatment of the Arabs Camus s Algeria is a wholly French Algeria to a considerable extent illusionary and therefore a source of deep conflict for CamusO Brien knows his subject well and here and there discloses previously unknown things to me someone who also at least pretends to know his Camus from relatively small facts like that The Fall was originally conceived as part of Exile and the Kingdom to larger constructs like the interrelations between Camus s three novels the developments within them and their relations to Camus and the issues with which he struggled throughout his life particularly with regard to the uestion of AlgeriaI would have liked it to be longer there was room for further development but alas As it stands Camus is a perceptive book and one that should not be missed by an avid reader of Camus Nor I would say by anyone interested in literature and history generally especially in relation to colonialism