Sunday, 6 March 2011

Camus, Albert "The Plague"

Camus, Albert "The Plague" (French: La Peste) - 1947

Why did it take me so long to start this classic? I am not a great fan of French literature but I love the French language, so I keep coming back to reading them. I absolutely loved this one and declare it my most favourite French book ever.

North Africa, a French town in Algeria, sometime in the 1940s. The rats come first, then the plague follows. The description of how a whole town comes to terms with such a death sentence, how every single person has his own problems with this devastating news, has been accomplished in a marvellous way. The language Camus uses is fantastic, so precise yet so poetic. Read it, it's totally worth it.

Albert Camus received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 "for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times".

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