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July 05, 2012

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Excellent post: I have wondered what the attitude toward Camus is in Algeria today. It was not long ago that Camus was condescended to in academe -- as "existential lite" compared to Sartre, let alone Heidegger. How unfair this bias is, and how unfortunate, becomes clearer with each new reading of his books. -- DL

Dear DL, I was stunned by the number and variety of positions on Camus that I encountered in a space of ten days. Many of the Algerians who love his writing resent the positions he took in the 50's--it's a relationship to Camus that gives him more power, positive or negative, than any writer could have in our own context. At the same time I felt a softening, a willingness to look at him again.

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