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By Mark Orme, Lissa Lincoln, Christine Margerrison

Within the first decade of a brand new century, this number of bilingual essays examines Camus's carrying on with reputation for a brand new new release of readers. In an important respects, the realm 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 sorts of terrorism have all provoked a reconsideration of Camus's writings. If the Absurd as soon as struck a specific 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 start. 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 different types of totalitarianism are in a foreign country on this planet. This quantity, which levels from interpretations of Camus's literary works, his journalism and his political writings, can be of curiosity to all these looking to re-examine Camus's paintings within the gentle of moral and political concerns which are of continuous relevance at the present time

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En somme, une autre manière de formuler la théorie sartrienne de l’engagement pour la prose. Après, comme le dirait encore Sartre, vient l’honorariat ou la retraite. Il y a une troisième manière de lire le texte en lui appliquant les principes mêmes de l’historicisme : ce principe est, comme tout principe, le reflet d’un moment du devenir et il ne vaut que le temps que dure ce moment. Après, l’essayiste pourrait à nouveau croire, en appliquant l’historicisme à l’historicisme lui-même, qu’il est loisible de renouer avec l’éternel.

Je veux dire par là qu’elle existe en dehors de la France. (…) Sur le plan politique je voudrais rappeler aussi que le peuple arabe existe. Je veux dire par là qu’il n’est pas cette foule anonyme et misérable, où l’Occidental ne voit rien à respecter ni à défendre. Il s’agit au contraire d’un peuple de grandes traditions (…). Ce peuple n’est pas inférieur, sinon par la condition de vie où il se trouve, et nous avons des leçons à prendre chez lui, dans la mesure même où il peut en prendre chez nous” (E, 941-42).

Ces conséquences expliquent que l’unité est inaccessible sur tous ces plans et qu’à vouloir la forcer on n’aboutit qu’à la totalité. Celle-ci impose une chape de plomb à ce qui ne cesse de lui échapper, elle mutile, torture le réel pour le faire entrer dans le système. Il n’y a qu’un seul domaine où l’unité peut être atteinte parfois, celui de la fiction. Le chapitre “Révolte et art” dans L’Homme révolté le montre ; mais cette unité des personnages et du style, auxquels nous avons fait allusion antérieurement, demeure fictive : le destin auquel le roman aboutit est, dit Camus, “fabriqué”, il n’existe que par l’alchimie de l’écriture.

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