This is a short book, and it has a reason for being short; Henri Alleg penned it on brown wrapping paper while still in prison, and had it smuggled to France for publication. Ellen Ray Foreword by. The book is a chronological account of the author's imprisonment and ordeals in El-Biar and then Lodi camps.
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He is beaten, water boarded,savagely electrocuted, and bur This is a short book, and it has a reason for being short; Henri Alleg penned it on brown wrapping paper while still in prison, and had it smuggled to France for publication.
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Especially his experiences with the electric shocks made me clench my teeth with sympathy for his pain. The French government officially banned La Question to deal with the increasingly tense political atmosphere. This becomes clear from the way the torturers talk to Alleg, and how they treat the Algerian prisoners even worse. Resistance, Rebellion, and Death.
Judging from the circumstances, Alleg's and Sartre's precious lesson that torture can be done only when the victim is dehumanized is unfortunately still bitter reality, and all the more reason to read this book. For the most part, it seems they were just trying to push his body to see how much it could take; getting actual information doesn't seem to have been that high a priority or if it was they sure did a bad job in how they went hdnri trying to break hwnri.
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Even with his freedom from the cells of the police station, its quite clear that he has been immensely traumatized by his experiences. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. The various introductions to this edition spend quite a bit of time tying the book into the questions about torture that the War on Terror questiom raised yet leave out allegg torture that had been used by several countries already.
At the opposite end of the scale it sometimes shocks me to my bones when you hear about what man is capable of doing to fellow man.
Pourtant, en apprenant vivre dans la torture et non pas avec elle il cherche continuellement pour quelque bonheur ou satisfaction. The victim saves us in making us discover, as he discovered himself, that we have the ability and the duty to undergo anything.
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Sartre sums things up well in his Preface, including the observation: Alleg publicly denied the charges levied against them. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment aalleg the review as a whole. To ask other readers questions about The Questionplease sign qurstion. This is difficult, but an important book to read. Torture is neither civilian nor military, nor is it specifically French: In the brilliant preface, almost as inspiring as Alleg's words themselves, Jean-Paul Sartre pinpoints the power that a resistance narrative like Alleg's can have: He was also injected with an experimental dose of the barbiturate sodium pentothalwhich was thought to be a kind of truth serum.
Published September 1st by Bison Books first published January 1st After physical duress and psychological pressure proved ineffective, Alleg was injected with pentothalwhich also failed to make him talk. Jan 01, Cindy rated it liked it Shelves: Feb 14, Ivah rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ivah by: Sadly,something like the CIA torture report is for instance showing the opposite Want to Read saving….
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He was a small man but with a mountainous will and determination not to give up in incredibly inhumane conditions. Feb 07, Oscar rated it really liked it.
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