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Should we all be reading The Plague by Albert Camus?

The Plague by Albert Camus

Should we all be reading The Plague by Albert Camus? NPR (National Public Radio) in the United States thinks so as the Ebola outbreak continues to dominate news headlines.

La Peste, as the novel is called in French, was published in 1947.  It’s set in an Algerian city and looks at a wide range of people affected by the infectious epidemic, and especially dives into their reactions.

If Camus teaches us anything, it’s that even when tragedy is inevitable we have no choice but to look for that meaning and to find it in one another.

Camus died in 1960 but many people think it’s one of the best novels of the past 75 years. The book has enjoyed some gruesome covers over the years – opposite is the Hamish Hamilton edition from 1959.

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