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Within the first decade of a brand new century, this number of bilingual essays examines Camus's carrying on with acceptance for a brand new iteration of readers. In the most important respects, the realm Camus knew has replaced past all acceptance: decolonization, the autumn of the Iron Curtain, a brand new period of globalization and the increase of latest kinds 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 likely now to be visible as a colonial determine who expresses the alienation of the settler from the land of his delivery. but this expanding orthodoxy also needs to take account of the explanations why a brand new neighborhood of Algerian readers have embraced Camus. both, as soon as remoted as a result of his anti-Communist stance, Camus has been taken up through disaffected individuals of the Left, confident that new types of totalitarianism are overseas 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 looking to reassess Camus's paintings within the mild of moral and political matters which are of constant relevance this day.

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The relation between history and memory has been the subject of endless investigation, of course, and I do not intend to rehearse any of it here. While not returning to issues related specifically to sites of memory either (because this is a now familiar aspect of Le Premier Homme), I would prefer, simply, to situate what follows in relation to a distinction made by Pierre Nora in Representations in 1989: Memory and history, far from being synonymous, appear now to be in fundamental opposition.

Bloom accepterait plus volontiers, me semble-t-il, la formule camusienne selon laquelle les hommes engagés sont à préférer à la littérature engagée. Dans la liste des écrivains qu’il situe dans le canon, Sartre et Camus ont d’ailleurs leur place. Ils appartiennent à ce que Bloom considère comme l’âge chaotique du canon, après les âges théocratique, aristocratique et démocratique. Jusqu’ici j’ai donc évoqué brièvement trois théories qui entendent rendre compte de la longévité des œuvres littéraires, les théories de Marx, de Bloch et de Bloom.

Camus n’avait ni l’ambition ni la passion de la politique. C’est plutôt contraint et forcé par les événements qu’il y est venu, soit par la situation coloniale en Algérie, aux 15 Situations V (Paris : Gallimard, 1964), 192. Réflexions sur l’(in)actualité de Camus 37 temps d’Alger républicain et de Soir républicain, soit par la seconde guerre mondiale ou la guerre froide. En ce sens il n’est pas strictement un penseur du politique comme Hannah Arendt ou Claude Lefort. Il a d’abord été un journaliste qui entendait ne pas abandonner ses convictions morales quand il jugeait de politique, ce qui lui a conféré, grâce aussi aux vertus de son écriture, une place à part dans le journalisme de l’après-guerre.

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