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Albert’s Camus’s famous 1947 novel ‘The Plague’ has now come to the attention of a new generation of readers – those who draw parallels between Camus’s depictions of disease-ridden Algeria and the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently living through. It is the story of placid everyday lives that are suddenly, brutally disrupted by a virus: an existential reminder of the arbitrariness of life and the certainty and randomness of death. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to the author of ‘A Very Short Introduction’ to Camus, Dr Oliver Gloag, about the impact this writer could have on our outlook and behaviour during these challenging times.
Date published: 29 May 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Audio running time: 48 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the parallels between Camus's
depiction of an Algerian plague and the current COVID-19
viewpoint as portrayed in this novel
inspiration that can be taken
from this now very relevant book.
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