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Why Spain?

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reply to Gabriel Marcel, who criticised Camus' play State of Siege (about totalitarian tyranny) for being set in Spain and not, say, Eastern Europe. this essay is just Camus explaining all the problems he sees with Spain

Camus, A. (1995). Why Spain?. In Camus, A. Resistance, Rebellion and Death: Essays. Vintage, pp. 75-86

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[...] For you are willing to keep silent about one reign of terror in order the better to combat another one. There are some of us who do not want to keep silent about anything. It is our whole political society that nauseates us. Hence there will be no salvation until all those who are still worth while have repudiated it utterly in order to find, somewhere outside insoluble contradictions, the way to a complete renewal. In the meantime we must struggle. But with the knowledge that totalitarian tyranny is not based on the virtues of the totalitarians. It is based on the makes of the liberals. [...]

about his play State of Siege which was set in Spain (and which Gabriel Marcel apparently complained about)

—p.82 by Albert Camus 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] For you are willing to keep silent about one reign of terror in order the better to combat another one. There are some of us who do not want to keep silent about anything. It is our whole political society that nauseates us. Hence there will be no salvation until all those who are still worth while have repudiated it utterly in order to find, somewhere outside insoluble contradictions, the way to a complete renewal. In the meantime we must struggle. But with the knowledge that totalitarian tyranny is not based on the virtues of the totalitarians. It is based on the makes of the liberals. [...]

about his play State of Siege which was set in Spain (and which Gabriel Marcel apparently complained about)

—p.82 by Albert Camus 3 years, 4 months ago
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[...] But it seems to me that there is another ambition that ought to belong to all writers: to bear witness and shout aloud, every time it is possible, insofar as our talent allows, for those who are enslaved as we are. That is the very ambition you questioned in your article, I shall consistently refuse you the right to question it so long as the murder of a man angers you only when that man shares your ideas.

—p.83 by Albert Camus 3 years, 4 months ago

[...] But it seems to me that there is another ambition that ought to belong to all writers: to bear witness and shout aloud, every time it is possible, insofar as our talent allows, for those who are enslaved as we are. That is the very ambition you questioned in your article, I shall consistently refuse you the right to question it so long as the murder of a man angers you only when that man shares your ideas.

—p.83 by Albert Camus 3 years, 4 months ago