Humanism and the White Man’s Burden’: Camus, Daru, Meursault and the Arabs
In The Stranger (1942), a French Algerian named Meursault murders a nameless Arab. In ‘L’Hôte’, the central story of Exile and the Kingdom (1957), a schoolteacher named Daru feeds the hungry bodies and souls of young Arab children; he is sentenced to death by Arab freedom fighters because of a misunderstanding related to his handling of a nameless Arab criminal. Both stories were written for a Continental French as well as an Algerian French audience but they are widely known and taught throughout the world as examples of great Western literature.
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