near miss for algeria’s

Last week I bought a secondhand book written by Albert Camus. I had thrown away my previous copy. I did not realise at the time that Camus was strongly rooted in Algeria. To me Camus was linked to France, existantialism, Sartre. I have to catch up with the North African writing scene, that is for sure!

Albert Camus is present in the novel ‘Meursault, contre-enquête” by the Algerian writer Kamel Daoud. Daoud picks up threads from the 1942 novel by Camus, titled ‘The Stranger’. 

Kamel Daoud came very close in winning a prestigious literary prize in France. He was two votes waway from the Goncourt Prize. 


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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