THE PLAGUE, which won the Prix des Critiques in 1947, is considered by many to be the author's finest book. It has been described as 'a metaphysical novel the machinery of which can be compared to a Sophoclean tragedy. The plague in question afflicted Oran in the 1940'2; and on one plane the book is a straightforward narrative. Into it, however, can be read all Camus's native anxieties, centred on the idea of plague as a symbol.' The symbol is that of the German occupation of France against which Camus fought so heroically during the war.
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A parable of the highest order, The Plague tells the story of a terrible disease that descends upon Oran, Algiers, in a year unknown. After rats crawl from the sewer to die in the streets, people soon begin perishing from terrible afflictions. How the main characters in the book--a journalist, a doctor and a priest--face humanity in the wake of the plague presents one of the book's many lessons. The book deserves to be read on several levels, because the pandemic in The Plague represents any of a number of worldwide catastrophes--both past and future--and the difficult choices everyone must make to survive them.From the Inside Flap:
A haunting tale of human resilience in the face of unrelieved horror, Camus' novel about a bubonic plague ravaging the people of a North African coastal town is a classic of twentieth-century literature.
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Book Description Printed by Hazell Watson &Vinery Ltd.G.B. for Penguin Classic, 1973. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. International Edition. New un-cracked spine shows as 1960 by most sellers but is a 1973 edition. Mass Market Paperback: 252 Pages Publisher: Penguin Books Limited (1973) Language: English ISBN-10: 0140014721 ISBN-13: 978-0140014723 Product Dimensions: 18 x 11 x 1.6 cm Shipping Weight: 82 g Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews International Edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1476920852041
Book Description Penguin Classic, 1960. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140014721