"> Name: Henri Alleg, French critic of Algerian occupation

Date:  1951 - 1975

Location:  Africa , Europe

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumLiterature , Print Journalism

Artist: Henri Alleg

Confronting Bodies: French and Algerian governments

Date of Action: 1958

Specific Location: Algeria

Description of Artwork: Alleg's book, "La Question," is an autobiography that revealed torture and other brutal practices used by French forces in Algeria.

Description of Incident: Alleg, a French settler in Algeria, wrote "La Question" while in prison. He was arrested for editting the "Alger Republican," a left wing periodical banned by the French colonial government. After his imprisonment he returned to France and wrote the book. Two weeks after its publication, "La Question" was banned and all stocks were siezed. The French government was notorious for banning writing critical of their position in Algeria. The French government also banned the book "La Gangrene," five students' accounts of torture inflicted by French troops, and various periodicals.

Results of Incident: George Braziller, an American publisher, released "La Question" in English shortly after it was censored. When the French occupation of Algeria ended in 1962, the ban was lifted.

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

FileRoom Search | Table of Contents | Category Homepage | NCAC