December 9, 2013

Reading Albert Camus in North Africa

Robert Zaretsky, Daily Star

The Associated Press

Tellingly, Arab voices have begun to echo the man who was once seen as an apologist for French colonialism. The Moroccan magazine Zamane recently identified Camus as the “moralist missing in this new century of fear,” while the Tunisian intellectual Akram Belkaid, discussing the self-immolation of Mohammad Bouazizi – the foundational act of Arab Spring – exclaimed: “Yesterday it was Camus, today it is Bouazizi: He is no longer part of our world, but he is not silent. His cry is primal: He demands the right to dignity.”

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TAGGED: Arab Spring, Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, North Africa, Albert Camus


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