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Iason Athanasiadis, photo of Oran, Namara Smith on Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, and Camus’ dis of said city

18 Dec

From Literary Hub:

“Neither Camus’s provincial insecurity nor his pride in his own experience is far below the surface. It begins with a detailed list of the deficiencies of colonial Oran, the Algerian city he would go on to use as the setting for his novel The Plague: it has no history, no culture, no “interesting circle,” nothing to do. The streets are dusty, the buildings ugly, the movies bad, the window displays piled with tasteless and outdated merchandise. Some of the girls are pretty, but they wear too much makeup and none of them know how to flirt. There are too many funeral parlors.” — Algeria after Camus: The Missing History of Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, Namara Smith


I asked Athanasiadis what’s going on in this photo, why such an architecturally beautiful neighborhood looked not only run-down but completely uninhabited, and it turns out the area is being scheduled for a mass urban renewal project.

Always a worrisome sound. Made me think of Tarlabaşı.

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