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Christian Phéline


Christian Phéline’s (Paris, 1945) family has lived in Argelia for many generations. He has held various positions in the French administration, both in culture and in media.

Phéline is the author of numerous works on the political, social and cultural micro-history of colonial Algeria, including: L’Aube d’une Révolution: Margueritte, Algérie, 26 avril 1901 (Riveneuve, 2012); Les avocats «indigènes» dans l’Algérie coloniale (Riveneuve, 2017); Aurès 1935, photographies by Thérèse Rivière et Germaine Tillion (Hazan, 2018) and La Terre, l’Étoile, le Couteau. Le 2 août 1936 à Alger (Chihab / Le Croquant, 2021). He produced and edited two works in the series Petits inédits maghrébins published by El Kalima: Sans souliers ni chemise, lettres de prison de révoltés de Margueritte (2019) and Robert Namia, L’Homme peint ou La Vie Commence à Guellala ( 2020).

A member of the Society of Camusian Studies, he co-produced Charles Poncet’s book Camus et l’impossible trêve civile (Gallimard, 2015) and co-wrote Camus, militant communiste. Alger 1935-1937 (Gallimard, 2017) and Alger sur les pas de Camus et de ses amis (Arak, 2019) with Agnès Spiquel. He is also a regular contributor to the journals Présence d’Albert Camus and Chroniques camusiennes.