Monday, August 21, 2006

Brooks on Camus's The Fall

Since Bush is reading Camus, more Camus commentary has been unearthed. Here is Peter Brooks's article on Camus's The Fall and the idea of torture.

What Albert Camus and the "little-ease" say about U.S. torture policies.
By Peter Brooks
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 4:01 PM ET
Camus wrote The Fall during the Algerian War, when France was beginning to face a crisis of conscience over torture similar to what the United States faces now. Indeed, clear parallels exist between the French experience in Algeria and the American experience in Iraq: Like the war on terror, much of the French effort to pacify and retain Algeria was waged against a nearly invisible enemy that tended to melt into the landscape. Intelligence-gathering was crucial—and that led to torture.

See full Slate article. Link via Literary Saloon.

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