With these words Roger Solomon begins the story of his people's connection to country, their suffering and their hope. Made with the Yindjibarndi, Ngarluma, Banyjima and Gurrama people of Roebourne, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Exile and The Kingdom is the first complete account in Australian film history of the experiences of a single group of Aboriginal people from pre-colonial time to the present.
It makes the connection between Aborigines in chains in the nineteenth century and Aborigines in prisons today so providing a deeper understanding of how the abuses and denials of the past inform the present. Using a poetic mix of historical recreation, compelling argument, testimony, creation story and song, the film never deviates from its intention to let the tribal people tell their own story.
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All these stories, filled with intensely powerful lyrical prose, explore - what does it mean to be, the dilemma between individual and the community, longing and belonging, speech and silence is explored and imagined throughout the book but not realized, which underlines the absurdness of life to make a choice, absurdness that though we always have different choices at our manifold but we seldom act.
View all 26 comments. Shelves: short-stories , absurdism , albert-camus. It is a collection of six short stories by the Nobel Laureate. Here Camus, in each story and in a very subtle way, builds upon characters in accordance with his ideas. Since the beginning of time, on the dry earth of this limitless land scraped to the bone, a few men had been ceaselessly trudging, possessing nothing but serving no one, poverty- stricken but free lords of a strange kingdom.
Janine did not know why this thought filled her with such a sweet, vast melancholy that it closed her eyes. She knew that this kingdom had been eternally promised her and yet that it would never be hers, never again, except in this fleeting moment perhaps when she opened her eyes again on the suddenly motionless sky and on its waves of steady light, while the voices rising from the Arab town suddenly fell silent. Everywhere, henceforth, life was suspended—except in her heart, where, at the same moment, someone was weeping with affliction and wonder.
Though Janine has always realized the futility of existence, being married to Marcel and looking after his house mindlessly, it is here, in the desert, that she has realized the absurd, after slipping out of bed late at night when her husband is asleep. Perhaps it is owing to the fact, that the mutilated part is the tongue, that he cannot actually speak but thinks over in silence.
The other reason being that it portrays the inherent evil in a man, who as a priest, dreams of absolute power. Under the confinement he begins to think that only evil is supreme. He then also kills another missionary. O Fetish, my god over yonder, may your power be preserved, may the offence be multiplied, may hate rule pitilessly over a world of the damned, may the wicked forever be masters, may the kingdom come, where in a single city of salt and iron black tyrants will enslave and possess without pity!
And now, gra gra, fire on pity, fire on impotence and its charity, fire on all that postpones the coming of evil….. How pleasant is the sound of a rifle butt on the face of goodness, today, today at last, all is consummated and everywhere in the desert, even hours away from here, jackals sniff the nonexistent wind, then set out in a patient trot toward the feast of carrion awaiting them.
I raise my arms to a heaven moved to pity, a lavender shadow is just barely suggested on the opposite side, O nights of Europe, home, childhood, why must I weep in the moment of triumph?
Turning evil himself he murders. The seed had always been there, in the moments when he wished to kill his own father or reign over the ignorance of people, because he had lost hope in this World and was questioning everything. We witness that though enslaved by evil once, at the heart, he is still hopeful for the future, for a future which will be meaningful, for man will find true happiness.
Through this story, the author attacks the world around the artist which keeps flocking at his door, but he also suggests the only way where a man; an artist can find true happiness. This being something he also suggested in The Myth of Sisyphus ; the life of an artist, his will to produce art because it is something which gives a meaning to life. But Jonas, whose art and reputation declines as he welcomes more and more people in his life, seems to wonder over what is more important, his art or his commitment towards society.
You have to love them. You never say anything bad about anyone. I often think bad of them. But then I forget. I believe Camus also describes his own struggle as an Artist through this story. The last story- "The Growing Stone" was the one which prompted much contemplation.
He is readily accepted by the important people of the town but the poor people do not trust him. He then meets a cook, who becomes his friend. On the night of dancing, while returning back, he is arrested by the scenery of forest. The night was full of fresh aromatic scents.
Above the forest the few stars in the austral sky, blurred by an invisible haze, were shining dimly. The humid air was heavy. Yet it seemed delightfully cool on coming out of the hut. The forest, nearby, rumbled slightly. The sound of the river increased.
It seemed to him that he would have liked to spew forth this whole country, the melancholy of its vast expanses, the glaucous light of its forests, and the nocturnal lapping of its big deserted rivers. This land was too vast, blood and seasons mingled here, and time liquefied. Life here was flush with the soil, and, to identify with it, one had to lie down and sleep for years on the muddy or dried-up ground itself.
Yonder, in Europe, there was shame and wrath. Here, exile or solitude, among these listless and convulsive madmen who danced to die. The innate struggle of a stranger can also be witnessed here. But we also witness a sense of transcendence in the last lines, where the man does try to hold onto something to make a sense, much like as the feelings experienced by Janine in "The Adulterous Woman" where she weeps in the end.
As has been with all the other stories of this collection, stone is an important symbol used here also. And there, straightening up until he was suddenly enormous, drinking in with desperate gulps the familiar smell of poverty and ashes, he felt rising within him a surge of obscure and panting joy that he was powerless to name.
Does this signify something? Was Camus trying to work another idea here? Critics have, since his death, argued that Camus was onto something in his last works.
From silence and solitariness, the condemned man moves on towards solidarity; not being religious, but in the wake of his understanding of absurd. Not giving in to the indifference but seeking a joy in amity. By hurling the stone in hearth, he is letting go off the weight of absurd to make way for a selfless joy.
This solidarity is also depicted in The Plague where the doctor dedicates himself to the aid of people suffering from the endemic. View all 14 comments. Feb 15, Michael rated it liked it. In "An Experiment in Criticism", Lewis argues that the only way to truly understand a book the reader must surrender to it and to the author's vision.
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This can be fairly easy when the reader and the author are coming from similar worldviews, but not when they are meeting head on from opposite ends of the spectrum. This is the challenge I face when reading Camus. Our worldviews are so different that reading his work is an exhausting experience.
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It is a constant struggle to surrender to his vision In "An Experiment in Criticism", Lewis argues that the only way to truly understand a book the reader must surrender to it and to the author's vision. It is a constant struggle to surrender to his vision, which is deeply disturbing. The stories in "Exile and the Kingdom" reflect, as they must, Camus' belief that life and the universe are meaningless, and that the fundamental desire for humankind is to find meaning. The absurdity of life comes from the clash of these two realities.
The best one can do in life is to understand and live in this conflict without seeking a way out. The characters that fill the pages of these stories are all in different stages of understanding the absurdity of life, but all of them are caught in the conflict. We meet, among others, a desperately unfulfilled wife, a group of men caught in dead-end careers, a man who nearly dies in his attempt to subvert the religious experiences and commitments of others, all of them arriving at a point where the absurdity is revealed to them clearly for the first time. The circumstances of the revelation are different for each; an encounter with the infinite, indifferent evil, empty labor, but the result is similar.
Men and women alike must come to grips with meaninglessness in their particular lives and decide what to do with this knowledge. Camus writes beautifully. His characters with some exceptions are tragic heroes and heroines who face his ultimate truth with a stoic dignity and courage.
There is no deus ex machina to save them. If we submit to Camus' vision, we must admire them and sympathize with them. To the extent that I can enter into his world, they have my sympathy and I long to comfort them. But there is no comfort in the world of Camus, something he admits readily in his non-fiction, so we must leave the adulterous woman, the artist, the engineer, and the teacher to their despair.
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Camus would not have it any other way. View 1 comment. May 06, Steven Godin rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , france , favourites , existentialism. A collection of six short stories that contain all the characteristics those familiar with Camus would come to expect, there is mixed bag here with some simple to read and others with more complexity and depth. With them only being brief and not as good as of his more expansive work I would say this is suited better for the diehard fans, luckily I am one of them.
Exile and The Kingdom by Camus, Albert
Albert Camus had an immense influence on me during adolescence. This is strange in that nowadays I don't think he would have much impact. At that time, however, I recognized my apprehensions articulated in his voice and in the voices of some of his characters, particularly the doctor in The Plague. In the sixties one heard about Camus everywhere. My first direct exposure was the typical one: The Stranger was assigned reading for an English class. Intrigued by that and by what I heard from the tea Albert Camus had an immense influence on me during adolescence.