Where I Stand 10/04/16

Notes on a new fiction called The Albertsburg Judgement: The Albertsburg Judgement is a conscious collaboration with the tradition of colonial and post-colonial fictions whose anti-realism is not necessarily hostile to the real. Its direct literary progenitors, whose works are interlaced within the text, are the fictions of Albert Camus, J.M. Coetzee, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kamel Daoud, Juan Gabriel Vasquez and, perhaps slightly contentiously, Joseph … Continue reading Where I Stand 10/04/16

The Collaboration of Kamel Daoud

This essay is a draft of a work in progress concerning postcolonial rewriting I The notion of the rewriting or retelling of established works of fiction within the canon suggests, particularly in a postcolonial context, not merely critique but a dialectical approach to critique. In other words, it is not merely a pointing out of the deficiencies of the canonical work but an attempt, in … Continue reading The Collaboration of Kamel Daoud

Where I Stand 04/03/16

Much of the criticism surrounding Camus’s fictional works revolves around the silence of the Arab characters in them.  This is in fact a more interesting observation than the likes of O’Brien (the most famous of the accusers) actually realised.  All the Arab figures in Exile and the Kingdom contain an almost stoical silence.  In ‘The Adulterer’ they view and are seen as disdainfully impervious to the … Continue reading Where I Stand 04/03/16

Where I stand 03/03/16

There has always seemed to me to have been an astounding misrepresentation of Camus’s L’Etranger on both sides of the argument.  Conor Cruise O’Brien’s argument that, in line with that those of Henri Kréa and Pierre Nora’s, Camus through Meursault was nothing more than fulfilling the ‘genocidal’ (Nora) ‘and puerile dream of the “poor white” that Camus never ceased to be’ (Kréa) is both classist … Continue reading Where I stand 03/03/16