Originally published in 1958, The Question
is the book that opened the torture debate in France during Algerias war of independence and was the first book since the eighteenth century to be banned by the French government for political reasons.
At the time of his arrest by French paratroopers during the Battle of Algiers in June of 1957, Henri Alleg was a French journalist who supported Algerian independence. He was interrogated for one month. During this imprisonment, Alleg was questioned under torture, with unbelievable brutality and sadism. The Question is Alleg's profoundly moving account of that month and of his triumph over his torturers. Jean-Paul Sartres preface remains a relevant commentary on the moral and political effects of torture on both the victim and perpetrator.
This Bison Books edition marks the first time since 1958 that The Question has been published in the United States. For this edition Ellen Ray provides a foreword. James D. Le Sueur offers an introduction.