An Algerian Author Fights Back Against a Fatwa

By Doreen Carvajal
Algerian journalist Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, Counter-
Investigation was the subject of a heated auction at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.
FRANCE---There are elements of the absurd about the plight of Kamel Daoud, an Algerian writer whose debut novel reaped glowing international reviews, literary honors and then, suddenly, demands for his public execution. His book, “Meursault, Counter-Investigation,” is a retelling of Albert Camus’s classic “The Stranger,” from an Algerian perspective.  Camus’s 1942 novel, an exploration of the absurd and the meaningless of life, greatly influenced Mr. Daoud, who is now dealing with his own farcical reality: a Facebook fatwa issued by a Salafist imam from Algeria. [link]

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