The Meursault Investigation

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Kamel Daoud

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War of Liberation Term Analysis

A war launched in 1954 by the Algerian National Liberation front (FLN) against the French colonial regime. After eight years of fighting, in which both sides resorted to brutal tactics and committed atrocities against civilians, the war ended in the 1962 Évian Accords, through which Algeria gained independence. Most French settlers left the country in the years after the war.

War of Liberation Quotes in The Meursault Investigation

The The Meursault Investigation quotes below are all either spoken by War of Liberation or refer to War of Liberation. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Colonialism and its Aftermath Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Other Press edition of The Meursault Investigation published in 2015.
Chapter 3 Quotes

Who, me? Nostalgic for French Algeria? No! You haven’t understood a word I’ve said. I was just trying to tell you that back then, we Arabs gave the impression that we were waiting, not going around in circles like today.

Related Characters: Harun (speaker), The Interlocutor
Page Number: 31
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 11 Quotes

He started stammering, declaring that killing and making war were not the same thing, that we weren’t murderers but liberators, that nobody had given me orders to kill that Frenchman, and that I should have done it before.

Related Characters: Harun (speaker), Joseph / The Frenchman , The Officer
Page Number: 109
Explanation and Analysis:
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War of Liberation Term Timeline in The Meursault Investigation

The timeline below shows where the term War of Liberation appears in The Meursault Investigation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Colonialism and its Aftermath Theme Icon
Grief and Family Life Theme Icon
...he stops looking up at the sky. Years later, he declines to fight in the War of Liberation , even though he’s sure the Algerians will win. As soon as he learned to... (full context)
Chapter 8
Justice and Retribution Theme Icon
Harun already knows he won’t be punished for the murder. Outside, the War of Liberation is raging, so this murder will be considered part of the combat. It’s one of... (full context)