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He claims to be of Berber ancestry. During the Nazi occupation of Tunisia, Memmi was imprisoned in a forced labor camp from which he later escaped. Albert Memmi found himself at the crossroads of three cultures, and based his work on the difficulty of finding a balance between the East and the West.
Although he supported the independence movement in Tunisia, he was not able to find a place in the new Muslim state both because of his French education and his Jewish faith, and following independence he "was asked to leave" the new state.
His best-known non-fiction work is The Colonizer and the Colonized , about the interdependent relationship of the two groups. It was published in , a time when many national liberation movements were active. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote the preface. In this book, Memmi suggests that in the wake of global decolonization, the suffering of former colonies cannot be attributed to the former colonizers, but to the corrupt leaders and governments that control these states.
Sean P. He is also known for the Anthology of Maghrebian literature written in collaboration published in vol.
La Statue de Sel – Albert Memmi
Etude de "la statue de sel", d'albert memmi