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“In this study, I examine the two histoires of Kamel Daoud’s Meursault, contre-enquête: two histories attached to two identities – French and Algerian – and two stories – Camus’s L’étranger and Daoud’s novel as a response to it. I do so through three connected attempts at unearthing. First, the unearthing of memory: I explore Daoud’s engagement with the buried past of the Algerian War of Independence and of his brother who was killed in Camus’s novel; I look at his narrative techniques for digging up this past, especially as they relate to the influence of Camus. After that, I turn to the unearthing of identity production; I suggest that identity is structurally determined, placing an emphasis on capitalist imperialism and on the purity that is presumed in the book as a form, in the French language, in the nation-state, and I discuss the role of each of their corresponding temporal regimes in the construction of an illusory homogeneous identity. Finally, I consider how this “unearthing” is made possible through an archeological approach to time in Daoud’s novel that stems from his narrator’s understanding of his positioning in a heterogeneous, hypermediatized and globalized world which, I contend, brings to light a long-dissimulated past and demystifies the representations of a so-called national identity that is in fact the pernicious fruit of imperialist social domination.”