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The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmi
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Aug 05, 07

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Two chapters: one from the point of view of the colonizer, the other from the colonized. Totally compelling and beautifully written.

It demonstrates the human capacity to regard the life of the slave AND the life of the master. (Consider my favorite line from the film Bladerunner: "If only you had seen what I have seen with your eyes.") Memmi sees with all eyes and spares us no acid in our wounds. And yet precisely because he is so even tempered, so evenhanded, the small judgments he does make are not the splashes of pebbles in a pond, but the sound of oceans sucking in cosmic debris. (what ever that means.)
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