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The Question by Henri Alleg (with a preface by Jean-Paul Sartre; translated from the French by John Calder; with an afterword by the author, a foreword by Ellen Ray and an introduction by James D. Le Sueur; 27,000 words)

Henri Alleg’s candid account of how the
French Army brutally tortured him in Algeria first appeared in 1958. Although quickly banned by the French government, it was widely read and remains a classic and powerful indictment of torture.


“The lesson of this book... is that we are all on the edge of savagery and if we begin to slip over that edge, we fall fast and far.” — D. W. Brogan,
The New York Times

“Written with spare and simple candor, the book is much more than a scalding footnote to fever-hot headlines.
The Question does not stop with the Algerian question but goes on to ask: What does it mean to be a human being? It tells of the shame and glory of man.” — Time

“In his modest, unassuming and precise fashion, Alleg is describing a triumph of the human spirit... The importance of Alleg’s book extends far beyond Algeria and France. For this is what can happen anywhere; what does happen in many parts of the world and what could happen here. There is nothing ‘inhuman’ about it. It is too, too human. To hush it up, to deny it for any reason whatever is to be an accomplice of the torturers...” —
Scotsman

“[A] noble and in a sense ennobling book, the dominant impression it leaves is one of a progressive and finally an almost total degradation, a degradation both of persons — except for the tortured, the outlawed — and of social institutions.
The Question is far more than an account of atrocities, however spectacular.” — The Nation