La Gazelle - Page 63

‫‪i‬‬ ‫‪f the Goncourt 2014 slipped‬‬ ‫‪through his hands to reward Don’t‬‬ ‫‪Cry by Lydie Salvayre, Kamel Daoud‬‬ ‫‪has surely won the heart of both‬‬ ‫‪the critics and the public with his‬‬ ‫.‪first novel‬‬ ‫‪Meursault, contre-enquête is a‬‬ ‫‪literary prowess, an answer, 72 years later, to‬‬ ‫‪L’Etranger by Albert Camus. The Algerian writer‬‬ ‫‪reappropriates the story of the Arab’s murder in‬‬ ‫‪order to right a wrong, which is the complete‬‬ ‫‪absence of Algerian characters in the original‬‬ ‫‪story but especially Camus’ refusal to offer an‬‬ ‫.‪identity to « The Arab » killed by Meursault‬‬ ‫‪The first scene of Kamel Daoud’s novel stands as‬‬ ‫‪a tribute to this denied figure of litterature. We‬