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(en) France, UCL AL #328 - Culture, Read, on Saïl Mohamed: "L'Etrange Etranger. Writings of a Kabyle anarchist (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 2 Jul 2022 09:00:33 +0300

For most people today, the name Mohamed Saïl means nothing. The one to whom Prévert probably dedicated his poem The Strange Stranger (hence the title of this collection) has sunk into oblivion, like many others. He was one of those militants produced by the internationalist revolutionary movement and perfectly embodies the "indomitable temperament" attributed to the Algerian Kabyles. ---- This book brings together around thirty of his texts written between 1924 and 1951. Do not look for questions about anarchism, Mohamed Saïl was not a theoretician. But his whole life was animated by this anti-capitalist, internationalist, anti-militarist, anti-statist and atheist anarchism... An active and living concentrate of libertarian thought which commands respect.

Born in Algeria in 1894, he became a libertarian very early. During the First World War, he deserted and was thrown into prison. In 1934, faced with threats from far-right leagues, he joined anti-fascist groups. In 1936, he joined the International Group of the Durruti Column. As an anti-Stalinist, he openly attacked those "sworn droolers" who wanted to regiment the working class.

A staunch opponent of colonialism and this Native Code which, of the colonized, makes a slave... and a potential immigrant, Mohamed Saïl did not oppose Algerians and French but called for the unity of the workers in the face of the exploiters, in good anti-capitalist internationalist. He denounced the colonialist system, whether economic, political or cultural. He recognized himself in a culture of autonomy, assemblies and federalism which made him denounce state centralism.

Mohamed Saïl, a libertarian communist activist, died in 1953, shortly before an insurrection he hoped for with all his being.

Kabyles of the Chapel and the quays of Javel
men from far countries
colonial guinea pigs...
strange strangers
you are from the city
you are in his life
even if it hurts
even if you die.

Jacques Prevert.
Dominique Sureau (UCL Angers)

Mohamed Sail, The Strange Stranger. Writings of a Kabyle anarchist, Lux, 2020, 176 pages, 10 euros.

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