The Plague – Albert Camus


Translated by Robin Buss

With an Afterword by Tony Judt

‘This empty town, white with dust, saturated with sea smells, loud with the howl of the wind’

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The Plague is Albert Camus’s world-renowned fable of fear and courage.

The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which spread from rats and now condemns its human victims to a swift and horrifying death. Forced into quarantine in the sweltering heat, each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease:  some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr Rieux, join the forces to defy the terror.

An immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an allegory of France’s suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence. ‘

About the Author

French novelist, essayist, and playwright. Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Among his works, The Plague (1947), The Just (1949) The Fall (1956). He was killed in a road accident in 1960. His last novel, The First Man, unfinished at the time of his death, appeared for the first time in 1994.