The Plague

The Plague

The Fall ; Exile and the Kingdom ; and Selected Essays

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From one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers of the twentieth century-two novels, six short stories, and a pair of essays in a single volume. In both his essays and his fiction, Albert Camus (1913--1960) de-ployed his lyric eloquence in defense against despair, providing an affirmation of the brave assertion of humanity in the face of a universe devoid of order or meaning.

The Plague -written in 1947 and still profoundly relevant-is a riveting tale of horror, survival, and resilience in the face of a devastating epidemic. The Fall (1956), which takes the form of an astonishing confession by a French lawyer in a seedy Amsterdam bar, is a haunting parable of modern conscience in the face of evil. The six stories of Exile and the Kingdom (1957) represent Camus at the height of his narrative powers, masterfully depicting his characters-from a renegade missionary to an adulterous wife -at decisive moments of revelation. Set beside their fictional counterparts, Camus's famous essays "The Myth of Sisyphus" and "Reflections on the Guillotine" are all the more powerful and philosophically daring, confirming his towering place in twentieth-century thought.

Publisher: New York, NY : Everyman's Library, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781400042555
1400042550
Branch Call Number: FIC CAMUS, A
Characteristics: xxxi, 656 pages ; 21 cm

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Antaeus Apr 14, 2021

I re-read The Plague early in the Coivid epidemic (I read many books along that line in the first six months to help cope). A work of great humanity written in a clear and simple prose. The protagonist is a doctor who stays in the small (fictional) town of Oran on the coast of Algeria as a plag... Read More »


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Antaeus Apr 14, 2021

I re-read The Plague early in the Coivid epidemic (I read many books along that line in the first six months to help cope). A work of great humanity written in a clear and simple prose. The protagonist is a doctor who stays in the small (fictional) town of Oran on the coast of Algeria as a plague slowly begins and then rolls over the citizens. I think is is one big statement of Memento Mori - remember death, which is a kind of inevitable plague on humanity. Oddly, not a grim book.
A good summary from The School of Life: https://youtu.be/vSYPwX4NPg4

emily8 May 11, 2014

"Reflections on a guillotine", his thoughts of his father, the death penalty and insightful arguments against the death penalty are all top notch. John Oliver also great on the death penalty. Say YES to living...

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