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The Plague

The Plague

The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague. Each person responds in their own way to the disease: some resign themselves to fate, some seek blame, and a few resist the terror. This title is in part an allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780141185132
Barcode 9780141185132
Published 3 January 2003 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Language English (translated from: French)
Author(s) By Camus, Albert
Introduction by Judt, Tony
Translated by Buss, Robin
Series Penguin Modern Classics (part: 10)
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ISBN-13 9780141185132
ISBN-10 0141185139
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Classics
Publication Date 3 January 2003
International Publication Date 5 December 2002
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Language English
Translated from French
Author(s) By Camus, Albert
Introduction by Judt, Tony
Translated by Buss, Robin
Series Penguin Modern Classics (part: 10)
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 191g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Epidemics, France, Fiction, Plague
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 843.912
Catalogue Code 469129

Description of this Book

During the 1940s a plague descends on the Algerian town of Oran. Like the German occupation of France in the second world war, this plague too brings its terror while also inspiring a courageous resistance. But the plague is more than a parable. It is also a tale of natural calamity: a slaughter as absurd as the habits it supercedes. And it is this uniformity of the absurd, 'the same thing over and over again' that lies at the heart of Camus's conception of things.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Date- 2013-08-06 Born in Algeria in 1913, Albert Camus published The Stranger-- now one of the most widely read novels of this century-- in 1942. Celebrated in intellectual circles, Camus was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. On January 4, 1960, he was killed in a car accident. Albert Camus was born in Algeria in 1913. His childhood was poor, although not unhappy. He studied philosophy at the University of Algiers, and became a journalist as well as organizing the Theatre de l'equipe, a young avant-garde dramatic group. His early essays were collected in L'Envers et l'endroit (The Wrong Side and the Right Side) and Noces (Nuptials). He went to Paris, where he worked on the newspaper Paris Soir before returning to Algeria. His play, Caligula, appeared in 1939. His first two important books, L'Etranger (The Outsider) and the long essay Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus), were published when he returned to Paris. After the occupation of France by the Germans in 1941, Camus became one of the intellectual leaders of the Resistance movement. He edited and contributed to the underground newspaper Combat, which he had helped to found. After the war he devoted himself to writing and established an international reputation with such books as La

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