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.
Camus uses the plague-stricken city of Oran as a metaphor for Occupied France. This novel illustrates the paradox that from evil may come happiness, as well as the idea that only when faced with dire circumstances is humanity capable of finding existential purpose, fraternal affection, and the capacity for courage.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Historical / Medieval, Health + Daily Living / General, Historical / General, Literary, Conflicts + Dualities, Disasters, Human Qualities + Behavior, Philosophy, Medicine + Health, Politics, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels