Neither Victims Nor Executioners

Neither Victims Nor Executioners A reprinting of a series of essays written by Camus originally appearing serially in the Fall issues of Combat a French resistance newspaper published during WWII In the essays he discusses viol

  • Title: Neither Victims Nor Executioners
  • Author: Albert Camus
  • ISBN: 9780865710856
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Library Binding
  • A reprinting of a series of essays written by Camus originally appearing serially in the 1946 Fall issues of Combat, a French resistance newspaper published during WWII In the essays he discusses violence, murder the impact these have on those who perpetrate, suffer or observe These essays, orginally written in French, were translated into English by Dwight MacdA reprinting of a series of essays written by Camus originally appearing serially in the 1946 Fall issues of Combat, a French resistance newspaper published during WWII In the essays he discusses violence, murder the impact these have on those who perpetrate, suffer or observe These essays, orginally written in French, were translated into English by Dwight Macdonald were 1st published in the July August issue of Politics With Mcadonald s permission, they were republished in this volume Camus essays deal with the future of politics human society in the era of modern warfare totalitarian states.

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    • Albert Camus

      Albert Camus 1913 1960 was a representative of non metropolitan French literature His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work Of semi proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy only chance prevented him from pursuing a university career in that field , he came to France at the age of twenty five The man and the times met Camus joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright e.g Caligula, 1944 He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkner s Requiem for a Nun His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in L Equipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation R volte dans les Asturies 1934 was banned for political reasons.The essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe The Myth of Sisyphus , 1942, expounds Camus s notion of the absurd and of its acceptance with the total absence of hope, which has nothing to do with despair, a continual refusal, which must not be confused with renouncement and a conscious dissatisfaction Meursault, central character of L tranger The Stranger , 1942, illustrates much of this essay man as the nauseated victim of the absurd orthodoxy of habit, later when the young killer faces execution tempted by despair, hope, and salvation Dr Rieux of La Peste The Plague , 1947, who tirelessly attends the plague stricken citizens of Oran, enacts the revolt against a world of the absurd and of injustice, and confirms Camus s words We refuse to despair of mankind Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them Other well known works of Camus are La Chute The Fall , 1956, and L Exil et le royaume Exile and the Kingdom , 1957 His austere search for moral order found its aesthetic correlative in the classicism of his art He was a stylist of great purity and intense concentration and rationality.



    367 thoughts on “Neither Victims Nor Executioners

    • the book focuses on what everybody has known to be true but dared not to talk about - how killing of men were legitimised over time - in the name of war, revolution, peace, terrorism , checking terrorism, racism & so on . But it leaves the solution of it feebly on the fact of " universal unity " !


    • I may have read an earlier edition of this work than this one, but the cover is familiar and it is plausible that it was read as late as in 1972 despite my obsessive interest in Camus during high school. In any case, during high school and college I was very much torn between personal pacifist feelings and the fear that such tendencies were, under certain circumstances, immoral. Here, as in the collection Resistance, Rebellion and Death, Camus is nuanced and considerate in his treatment of such [...]


    • This edition has a great introduction setting the context for this seminal essay while also reinforcing its relevance.


    • Not much to say about Camus that can actually match his brilliance, work as a writer and a man who wanted peace, freedom, brother of all men.


    • A proper scolding by a master. "The revolution will be made on a world scale or it will not be made at all."



    • I enjoyed Camus’ treatment of History as an absolute end and his call towards sociability, ‘…that words are more powerful than munitions’ (55). On the other hand, I find his prescription towards international democracy troubling. "We are being torn apart by a logic of History which we have elaborated in every detail—a net which threatens to strangle us. It is not emotion which can cut through the web of a logic which has gone to irrational lengths, but only reason which can meet logic [...]


    • The world had seen enough of men and women dying for causes; it was time to live for one. 'Neither Victims nor Executioners' appeared serially in the autumn of 1946 in Combat, the daily newspaper of the Resistance, which Camus helped edit during the Nazi occupation and for a short time after the war


    • An important essay that should have been read by my grandparents and parents and used to resolve the world's problems before I came into existence.



    • Semi-prescient in intriguing ways. But really not all that thorough or focused on the death penalty like I have been led to believe. Odd.


    • It was a short, wise and ok read for me. I mainly agreed with what Camus said and learned quite a lot. In this edition I really loved the introduction.


    • MUST READ for them who is interested in the politics of post WWII period. Critical view about Ideologies false BELIEVERS.



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