The Question

The Question Originally published in The Question is the book that opened the torture debate in France during Algeria s war of independence and was the first book since the eighteenth century to be banned by

  • Title: The Question
  • Author: Henri Alleg Ellen Ray James D. Le Sueur Jean-Paul Sartre
  • ISBN: 9780803259607
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in 1958, The Question is the book that opened the torture debate in France during Algeria s war of independence and was the first book since the eighteenth century to be banned by the French government for political reasons At the time of his arrest by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers in June of 1957, Henri Alleg was a French journalisOriginally published in 1958, The Question is the book that opened the torture debate in France during Algeria s war of independence and was the first book since the eighteenth century to be banned by the French government for political reasons At the time of his arrest by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers in June of 1957, Henri Alleg was a French journalist who supported Algerian independence He was interrogated for one month During this imprisonment, Alleg was questioned under torture, with unbelievable brutality and sadism The Question is Alleg s profoundly moving account of that month and of his triumph over his torturers Jean Paul Sartre s preface remains a relevant commentary on the moral and political effects of torture on both the victim and perpetrator.This Bison Books edition marks the first time since 1958 that The Question has been published in the United States For this edition Ellen Ray provides a foreword James D Le Sueur offers an introduction.

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    • This is exclusively a review of this edition, not Alleg's original text, which is as harrowing and essential a depiction of torture that I know of, and unfortunately is still essential reading in our current political climate. Alleg, in a major act of bravery, simply and directly describes his experience of being tortured by French paratroopers during the Algerian War. The horrific content makes it difficult reading, with the water-boarding scene a particular challenge, but I'm glad that I read [...]


    • Must Be Read In his preface to The Question, Jean-Paul Sartre states that the real battle between torturer and victim is to determine who belongs to the human race.  They both fight as if they can’t both be human at the same time.  The Question was written while its author, Henri Alleg was imprisoned during the war in Algiers.                   In the U.S we tend to gloss over, if not outright ignore, what happened in Africa, so the struggles that various countries went thou [...]


    • This brief memoir, which can be consumed in an hour or two, should be read by everyone, if only to understand what human beings are capable of, in the best and worst meanings of that phrase.Henri Alleg (who, bless his soul, is still alive today at 88) was a French Communist and editor of a left-wing newspaper in Algiers who sided with the Algerian independence movement. He was arrested in the summer of 1957 during the Battle of Algiers and tortured by the French military for a month. Not only di [...]



    • Il disait encore: — A ceux qui ignorent, enseignez-leur le plus de choses que vous pourrez; la société est coupable de ne pas donner l'instruction gratis; elle répond de la nuit qu'elle produit. Cette âme est pleine d'ombre, le péché s'y commet. Le coupable n'est pas celui qui y fait le péché, mais celui qui y a fait l'ombre. (Hugo, Les Miserables)Un 'sac de sable,' un 'gibier,' jeté comme une 'balle par les gifles et les coup de pieds'—toutes des épithètes qui veulent simplement [...]


    • Un seul mot pour décrire ces tortionnaires:"Lâches" S'en prendre ainsi à ceux qui ne clamaient que leur libérté violée mais aussi à ceux qui ont eu le courage d'être à leur coté Henri Allag relate dans les moindres détails des séances de torture qu'il a subit même en étant un européen De l'éléctricité à l'eau, au penthatol, toutes les méthodes ont été experimentées mais lui et tant d'autres ont tenu le coup, à vous je présente mes respects les plus profonds"II y a quelqu [...]


    • Henri Alleg was editor of Alger Republicain from 1950 until the paper was banned by in 1955. He managed to hide until 1957 when he was taken prisoner by French paratroopers and tortured, even though he was a French citizen (thus the torture was illegal). His account of his horrific experiences was smuggled out of the prison and published in 1958, with an introduction by Sartres discussing the dehumanizing effects of torture on society as a whole.


    • OOFA DOOFA.The Question tells the upsetting and graphic true story of a reporter being tortured by French police. While he manages to avoid giving them any information, the sheer trauma he experiences is horrifying to read. This is not a tale of triumph and success under nefarious torturers. This is a tale of the violence and hatred for slights against authority. This is the tale of police officers and guards thoroughly enjoying the ability to use their power to squash acts of resistance and reb [...]


    • 1. The best weapon, the best defense, and the greatest consolation of all is the belief that you are morally right.2. TORTURE DOES NOT WORK. It doesn't work. It accomplishes nothing, helps nothing, and harms the very people who use it and their cause in more ways than you can imagine.3. The price is a bit steep for such a short book. (But I'm very glad I bought it.)


    • the author and protagonist of La Question, is Henri Alleg.A journalist working for the newspaper Alger Républicain, he describes all the painful methods of torture used against him by the French Paras(11th Parachute Brigade).Reading this book was not a simple task for me. Alleg is very objective by describing the parachutists, his feelings, reactions and personal views without insulting at all. It shows the inner peace he is enjoying.Some quotes from the preface and afterword that highlight the [...]


    • A short, powerful account of Henri Alleg's ordeal more than fifty years ago though one could easily substitue a number of other countries for France and give different dates and arrive at the same horror. Given his references to the torture of members of the french resistance by the Gestapo and SS during WWII the obvious link is to Jean Amery's 'At the Mind's Limit' but I would also recommend 'Crimes of War' edited by Roy Gutman and David Rieff as a more recent and general work. If people would [...]


    • The author's personal experience of being tortured is the subject of this book, written during and after the author's detention during the Algerian revolt against French occupation. Notable are the forward by Jean-Paul Sartre and the new afterword by the author. This supplementary material discusses the spread of the techniques of "the French school" of muscular interrogation (itself derived from the Gestapo) to Vietnam, Latin America and Iraq, among other places. The books was banned in France [...]


    • This is a short book that is a first-hand account by a French journalist about his experience being tortured by French soldiers in Algeria. It is incredible, if only because there are so few books that address this topic with such precision (on day 1, , etc.), and also because of the remarkable (and shamefully current) preface by Sartre. The Sartre preface is incredible, if only because although it was written decades ago, it could be cut and pasted into the current debate on torture in the "War [...]


    • I thought it was an alright book. What I didnt like was that right in the beginning the author is being arrested and he never explains the rhyme or reason of the people dong so. Also book was very good at grabbing my attention because he went into key detail about how he was tortured. Some details even made me cringe of the thought. Whether the author nails were being pulled off or his man hood was being burnt, it was a decent book. Although the ending was iffy and never explains how he gets out [...]


    • Insanin insana acimasizliginin ve vahsetinin kisa ama yogun oykusu. darbeler ve iskence odalarini ozellikle yakin tarihimizde fazlasiyla gormus ulkemize hic de yabanci olmayan, gelismis gelismemis her yerde gecerliligini koruyan ve insan olan kimsenin gozardi etmemesi gereken vahsi yanlarimizi hatirlatan bir gercek hikaye


    • İnsanların ne kadar zalim, acımasız ve aptal olabileceklerinin kanıtı Sorgu; birinci ağızdan, gerçek, sade, katkısız bir anlatımla. Aynı zamanda korkunç işkence sahneleriyle de midenizin sağlamlığını ölçüyor. Bazı şeylerin hazmı kolay olmuyor.


    • Chilling account of Henri Alleg's personal experience of his imprisonment and torture during the war for Algeria's independence. The introduction by Jean Paul Sarte is as relevant today as when he first wrote it.


    • A short account of the torture inflicted upon Alleg by the French Paras during the Algerian conflict of the late fifties. Quite a stark book that luckily caused more questions to be asked about French colonialism.


    • powerful narrative of extreme violence and torture in the name of a cause; even if you don't agree with what the FLN did, you can appreciate the fact that there is not a gratuitous word in this book.





    • so relevant to the u.s.'s situation today. it's really important to read this book and to learn about torture and how it was fought during the french war with algeria.







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