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Book review

‘Algerian Chronicles’ by Albert Camus

The atrocity-ridden 1950s war between Algeria’s independence fighters and a French settler resistance led by the army butchered hundreds of thousands on both sides, mainly civilians. And on their behalf, an eloquent but futile voice:

“All the dead belong to the same tragic family, whose members are now slitting one another’s throats in the dead of night, the blind killing the blind without being able to see who they are,” Albert Camus wrote. “Before long, Algeria will be populated exclusively by murderers and victims. Only the dead will be innocent.” And, he adds, “Tomorrow they will face each other not across an abyss but over a common grave.”

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