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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #225 - Read: Omar, Luis Garcia, FHCava, Adolfo Usero El Djazaïr (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:19:12 +0300


First the line, dark, sharp and precise. Hyperrealism portraits whose eyes feverish follow us: Ferhat Abbas, Emir Khaled, Alphonse Raffi ... ---- Comics, graphic novel, history book, political manifesto, El Djazair, is all this and more. ---- Striking, uncompromising. Uncompromising work. Disturbing. Far from being just another book on the war in Algeria, El Djazair , originally commissioned by the Government of Algeria, is republishing and translation, 34 years after, a work in becoming an almost cinematic reference. ---- Luis Garcia, communist anti-Franco and his colleagues were able to get away from the constraints of the genre in order to reclaim the narrative and drawing. The story said the violence dominating the colonizer, the torturer, the occupant. Conquering barbaric, implacable, destructive of eradication, satisfied, made of racism, meanness ordinary, arrogance, contempt, cruelty, self-sufficiency.

Across the resistance, hard, harsh, inescapable. Evocation of heinous comfortably hidden chapters: Sétif and Guelma, lime kilns ...

Memory bullied, shoved, returned in all its crudeness hot. Far from the clichés that simply unanimist back to back the protagonists in order to amnesia soothing. Smoldering anger that rises up to the explosion, entirely contained in the final scene. Far from the clichés that make consensual silence soothed the pain still raw, El Djazaïr offers authentic reflection takes its shortcomings and contradictions to face the horrors of colonialism. The book reveals the struggle of a people who refuse submission, oppression, fighting for their freedom and dignity.

It is urgent to (re) discover this book in those dark days of colonial revisionism and "nostalgeria" uninhibited, to deconstruct falsifying an official memory, studded with glorious feats of arms and other civilizing missions.

Against an official rewriting of history, El Djazaïr requires evidence of what this war was not named.

Gisele Felhendler (AL Paris North East)

Omar, Luis Garcia, FHCava, Adolfo Usero, El Djazair , Publishing and Library Here Even Want to Read, 42 p., 15 euros.
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