As events unfold in Algeria, Dispatches would like to alert our readers to an important new book that traces, through the friendship of Albert Camus and revolutionary poet Jean Sénac, the deeper terrain of the Algerian story. Prefaced by an extraordinary book length essay by Sénac’s acolyte, the late Hamid Nacer-Khodja, and lovingly translated by Kai Krienke, ALBERT CAMUS, JEAN SÉNAC or the rebel son, depicts the unfolding of a momentous historical moment through the complex relationship of these two writers. As Algerian poet and translator Samira Negrouche recently wrote to me from Algiers: “But now that every layer of our history is more vivid, every book or text I read from our elder writers (Sénac, Camus, Dib, Djaout…), speaks much more strongly. I mean, we are remembering every little thing from our personal and collective histories since the movement started.” Try and familiarize yourselves with what is happening in Algeria, it matters: here is a half hour of rushes from the streets of Algiers on the Ninth Friday of demonstrations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlWP1p4zvoQ

and an “Abhorrence” penned for the occasion.

Ninth Friday

more & more places,
everywhere, look like
“The Milk Bar”: what

to do? It is to you,
fearless Algerians,
we must look!