Adam Shatz, Khiereddine Djamel Bekkai, Kamran Rastegar, and Other Press publisher Judith Gurewich joined Christopher Lyndon on Radio Open Source to discuss Kamel Daoud’s “rich and inventive new novel,” (New York Times Book Review) The Meursault Investigation.
Together they discussed the place Camus classic holds in history and literature, the postcolonial aspects of Daoud’s novel, his critique of both Camus and Algerian society and government, and local and international responses to Daoud’s work. Shatz commented:
What’s remarkable, what’s striking about The Meursault Investigation, is [Daoud] takes a further step, a much bolder step. He turns this novel into a critique of postcolonial Algeria. He really situates the absurd in post-colonial Algeria, in a country that achieved liberation after this long and bloody war of decolonization but did not render liberty to Algerian citizens. So in a sense, he’s critiquing Camus, he’s paying tribute to Camus, and he’s appropriating the whole theme of absurdity, saying, “if anyone suffers from a predicament of absurdity, it’s not settlers like Meursault, it’s Algerians after their liberation.”