Would it be plausible to see the character of Meursault in Albert Camus's The Stranger as a black man?
Albert Camus's novella The Stranger is a reflection of his French-Algerian heritage, and should be read in that context. The ramifications for France of its colonization of Algiers in 1830 and subsequent occupation of Algeria until 1962 (the decolonization following a protracted and bloody war of independence waged by Algerian nationalists) are still being felt today, as Muslim immigration from North Africa and the Middle East continues to deeply affect French (and German and Dutch and Swedish, etc.) cultural sensitivities and politics. That The Stranger takes place in French-occupied Algeria and involves the violent death of an Arab at the hands of a French-Algerian of French extraction lends Camus's story a particularly enduring relevance. The French, as European colonial administrators and expatriates tended to be, were prone to a cultural arrogance and heavy-handed demeanor in administering this prized possession, and relations between those of French extraction and those native to...
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