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In 'The Professor's History' a French historian travels to Algeria to uncover the terrible truth about his country's actions in the region. His search leads him to a story which has lain untold but unforgotten for many years.

Claire Messud's work has been hailed for its sweeping appeal and its sheer beauty. She explores themes of connection and isolation with unexcelled pow
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Abria Mattina
Jun 08, 2012 Abria Mattina rated it really liked it
The Professor’s History is the story of a man known only as “the professor” who travels to Algeria in order to write the history of the French military campaigns in that took place there in the nineteenth century. The professor is highly conscious of how different the cultures and attitudes of the Algerian Arabs and the French colonists are, observing both as something of an outsider.

The professor is particularly interested in incidents of holocaust allegedly perpetrated by the French in 1845. H
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Apr 10, 2016 Sandra rated it liked it
A brief yet satisfying read. I was reminded of Mersault in The Stranger by Albert Camus. Perhaps because of the setting and characters. Long after I finished reading, I still found myself musing over the story, of what I would do if I were in the professor’s shoes. If every inch of history deserves to be known. Or not.

My first Messud, and left with a pleasant taste in my mouth.
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Claire Messud is an American novelist and literature and creative writing professor. She is best known as the author of the 2006 novel The Emperor's Children. She lives with her husband and family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, Messud grew up in the United States, Australia, and Canada, returning to the United States as a teenager. Messud's mother is Canadian, and her
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