Debuts in journalism
Pia had revolutionary ideas on Algeria, which pleased the young man.
He considered that you cannot forever hold sway over a people in their own land, that salaries for the same work should be the same for a European and a Arab, that local children were entitled to schooling and their parents to social benefits.
Camus went from the “news in brief” column to editorials, book reviews and reporting.
The Alger Républicain was his school of journalism. Reporting gave him a sens of the concerte, and dislike for abstruse wording
He started writing several books and completed two, the two sides of the coin and nuptials.
The main themes of his maturity – death, the medterranean, isolation, man’s destiny – can already by found in the two sides of coin, a series of essays on literature.
Camus already knew how to set the scene and was good at characterization. Hisphilosophical studies were useful: he looked for the meaning behind facts. His articles irritated.
The Gouvernement Général found his style unbearable especially his survey on Kabylia, published in 1939, in which he denounced colonial oppression.
He was banned from writing in Algier’s newspapers.