Beginning in 1960, the French military carried out seventeen nuclear bomb detonations at bases constructed for this purpose in what is now the Algerian Sahara. This French imperial “radiance” has left an enduring radiological and epistemological legacy whose effects are not yet known. Grounded by close attention to transmedial works by Elisabeth Leuvrey, Bruno Hadjih, and Ammar Bouras, this essay investigates the critical potential of aesthetic representation for apprehending the slow violence of nuclear imperialism that targets desert lives for destruction.

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