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La Peste

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A gripping tale of human unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death, The Plague is at once a masterfully crafted novel, eloquently understated and epic in scope, and a parable of ageless moral resonance, profoundly relevant to our times. In Oran, a coastal town in North Africa, the plague begins as a series of portents ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Folio, 278 pages
Published by Gallimard (first published 1947)
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Omar I started to read Stuart Gilbert's translation and forced my way through 40% of the book when I finally had put it down (I might be a bit of a…moreI started to read Stuart Gilbert's translation and forced my way through 40% of the book when I finally had put it down (I might be a bit of a masochist?). But yeah, I don't recommend his translation. The mistakes in the grammar are constant and disrupts the flow of one's reading. My apologies for not being able to recommend a good translation but I at least wanted to warn you against this one translation.(less)

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Ben
Ah, death; it's always there, isn't it? It is a terrible fate, doomed upon us all, that could take place at any time, in millions of different ways. The Jews who witnessed the holocaust are aware of this. The people of Haiti know this. The mother who lost her only child in a car accident is aware of this. Most individuals (and groups of individuals) spend their days fighting the fact of death, lying to themselves, using clever ways to avoid its ever-present reality. Looking death in its cold, in ...more
Lyn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Albert Camus’ The Plague is a laugh RIOT!

Just kidding, it is about the bubonic plague, really not very funny at all.

However, it is a modern masterpiece of allegory, symbolism and imagery. The surface story is about plague in the early 1940s visiting the Algerian coastal city of Oran. While Camus tells a complete tale of disease, fear, despair, compassion and selfless heroism; the story of lasting significance is told between the lines with insightful observations and thought provoking disserta
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Lisa
If you lived in an ordinary community quite unexpectedly facing an existential stress test, what would you do?

How would you deal with the situation, and which character traits of yours would all of a sudden come to the surface? How would you treat your friends, neighbours and fellow citizens? What would you do to change the situation?

These questions have been haunting me ever since I first read “La Peste” in school, over two decades ago. I have reread it since then, with the same fascination,
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Mohammed  Ali
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


- أرأيت يا دكتور ؟ إنّها تخرج
قالت الزوجة :
- نعم ، لقد التقط جارنا ثلاثة منها .
ثم أخذ العجوز يفرك يديه و هو يقول :
-إنّها تخرج ، و يعثرون عليها في كل صندوق من صناديق القمامة المنزلية . إنّه الجوع !
قال الدكتور :
- أمر غريب بالفعل !!
صرخ العجوز :
- إنّــــها الكارثــــة !


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مقدمة لا جدوى منها :

الطاعون من الأوبئة الأكثر فتكا و التي عرفها الإنسان عبر تاريخه، و هو مرض معدي لقّب بالموت الأسود و خلّف وراءه
ملايين الضحايا .

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سؤال :

- إذن نحن أمام رواية تحكي عن تاريخ الطاعون
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Rakhi Dalal
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read “The Plague” right after reading “Swann’s Way”. Of course it wasn’t a deliberate move. But as I moved on, I realized that reading of ‘The Plague’ had rendered something quite remarkable in the way I realized and appreciated both works. Both works embody a reality. ‘Swann’s Way’ speaks of the reality that is long gone by and one wish to remember and cherish, whereas, ‘The Plague’ makes one more acutely aware of the bleakness of actual reality when imposed through an epidemic such as plague ...more
Fernando
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“¡Ah, si fuera un temblor de tierra! Una buena sacudida y no se habla más del caso… Se cuentan los muertos y los vivos y asunto concluido. ¡Mientras que esta porquería de peste! Hasta los que no la tienen parecen llevarla en el corazón”.

Muchos coincidirán conmigo de que La Peste es una de las mejores novelas que se han escrito en el siglo XX. El nivel de realismo alcanzado por Albert Camus es sorprendente y para ello se vale de muchos recursos, todos ellos efectivos y en ningún caso utilizado co
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Petra Eggs
This was as much an existentialist tract as it was a book about the descent of a town into plague, the gradient of the decline increasing exponentially until they reach the pit. There it is death and smoke and groans and every bit the imagined hell of those with a religious consciousness.

But the plague has no relationship to religion. The innocent die as much as the guilty. Shady people are sly by night, criminals escape justice, the great and the good die in their beds, the plague is the great
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Jim Fonseca
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors

Somehow Camus brings humanism, optimism and the role of love to a depressing story of bubonic plaque in 1940’s Oran, Algeria. First all the rats die and then we go from there. After much bureaucratic bungling and delays, the city is cut off from the outside world by quarantine. A lot of the focus of the story is on those separated by chance from loved ones for several months. There is intrigue as some plot to escape the town. But mainly a dreary perseverance and indifference takes over many in t
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Poliwalk
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to ruminate on life, morality and religion.
This book has been one of the most influential in my life. Camus uses the premise of a town infected by the plague and quarantined from the rest of the world to explore some of the great philosophical questions. I find his exploration of religion very astute--that God is either not able to prevent evil and is thus not omnipotent or that God is all powerful and thus condones evil. Either option to Camus is a God not worthy of worship.

Many people read The Stranger and think Camus is a pessimist,
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William1
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second reading. This is an essential book. If there's a canon, The Plague belongs in it. A few things interested me this time through. Mostly the narrator's penchant, most effective, for writing about the town's collective mood. This device struck me as an improvement on the Soviet worker novels of the day (1947). The prose is not pumped up to triumphalist proportions. (There must be a scholar somewhere who's addresses this. I'll have to search LC.) Neither is there an idealized superman worker, ...more
Huda Yahya
ألبير كامي
__الطـــاعــون__

لن يقتنع الآخرون بحججك، بإخلاصك، بحقيقة معاناتك إلا بموتك

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الحقيقة كالضوء، تعمي
الكذب كالشفق الجميل الذي يسحر كل موجود

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أحب الحياة- هذه هي نقطة ضعفي
أحبها بشكل كبير لدرجة أني غير قادر على أن تخيل عكسها

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لتكون سعيدا فإنه من الضروري أن لا تهتم كثيرا بالآخرين

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الإنسان لا يمكن أن يكون متيقنا من أي شيء

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نحن مخلوقات إست
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Rowena
"Treeless, glamourless, soulless, the town of Oran ends by seeming restful and, after a while, you go complacently to sleep there."

The Plague is set in Oran, a city in Algeria that experiences a breakout of the Bubonic plague, and is soon placed under quarantine. We witness the changes among this community as they are cut off from the outside world; they experience all manners of emotions from hysteria, despondency, avarice, uncertainty,self-reflection and fear.

The Plague is definitely a depre
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Carol
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When rats.....large grotesque rats begin dying everywhere across the coastal town of Oran in Northern Africa, an uneasy, but unheeded feeling among the townspeople gradually becomes reality with questions turning to fear and subsequent fever causing widespread panic.

As quarantines and sudden isolation from the outside world become a fact of life, our mild-mannered and selfless protagonist, Dr. Bernard Rieux maintains his cool despite exhaustion and the pestilence surrounding his long days.

THE PL

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Luís C.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
April 194.., The Plague settles in Algeria in the city of Oran, everyday mortal cases multiply. Yet the prefecture is slow to make the declaration of "the state of the plague" because it does not want to worry public opinion. But after a few weeks, in the face of the emergency, the prefect ordered the city gates to be closed.
Oran is isolated, separated and cut off from the rest of the world, the inhabitants become "prisoners of The Plague", the city resembles a condemned to death.
The epidemic p
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Cheryl
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fav-authors
I read this book into the night, a stubborn reader determined to torture herself with the despondency that lurks throughout this novel. I tuned into the feeling that exudes a person's futile attempt to escape and I could feel the helplessness of the characters in each breath I inhaled, in the overwhelming elucidation of exile spread across each page. I was reminded a bit of Saramago's Death at Intervals, except that I preferred the flow of this one.
Thus, in a middle course between these heights
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رؤیا (Roya)
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفی
طاعون, شاهکاری که فقط به دست آلبر کامو میتوانست خلق شود. داستانی ساده با ساختاری پیچیده آنجا که از خط اول تا لحظه آخر انسانها محکوم به قبول واقعیت و قیام در برابر شر هستند. آنجا که فردیت از میان رفته و همبستگی و اتحاد لازمه ادامه حیات میشود. آنجا که پوچی و یکنواختی زندگی با اتفاقی غیر قابل کنترل از جای درآمده و عصبانیت و بی تفاوتی جای خود را به عصیان و همراهی میدهد.

اران شهری بدون درخت و بدون زیبایی خاص و پشت به خلیج با زندگی یکنواخت و ساده و مردمانی بیخیال به ناگهان دچار بیماری طاعون شده و قبل
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Ahmad Sharabiani
559. La Peste = The Plague, Albert Camus
The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to th
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Mohammed-Makram
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

01لقد فوجيء ريو -كما فوجيء مواطنونا - بهذا الوباء ، و علي هذا النحو ينبغي لنا أن نفسر تردده ، و علي هذا النحو أيضاً يجب أن نفهم أنه كان موزعاً بين القلق و اليقين ، فعندما تندلع نيران الحرب يقول الناس : إنها لن تطول ، لأن إستمرارها ينم عن أشد الغباء ، فالواقع أنه لاشيء أشد غباءً من الحرب ، و لكن هذا لا يمنع من أن يطول أمدها ، إذ الغباء من شأنه المثابرة ، و يمكن أن نلمس ذلك بوضوح إذا ما صرفنا النظر قليلاً عن حصر تفكيرنا في أنفسنا ، و إذن فقد كان مواطنونا في هذا الصدد كغيرهم من الناس ، كان تفكيرهم
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David Schaafsma
The Plague: Resistance and Activism for This or Any Time

“I have no idea what's awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.” --Camus

I first read The Plague, the second in the trilogy with The Stranger, and The Fall, when I was eighteen. I had just read The Stranger. [Note, this is not that kind of trilogy; you can read each of them independently from each other; they don't have any intersecting characters.]. It was 1
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Agnieszka
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, reviewed

But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don't really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man .

In The plague Camus creates a metaphorical image of the world wrestling with evil, whose symbol is the title plague, devastating Oran in 194 .. year ; author deliberately does not specify the exact year, presented events may have occurred in every time. It could be war. Or earthquake. Or serious illness. Or famine. It could be s
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Shovelmonkey1
May 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sartre
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Life is brief... Camus knew this and had the fact proved first hand when he was smooshed in a car accident at the relatively young age of 46. Death is coming people and nothing can stop it. But the question is, do you ignore this fact and live in a kind of blissful fluffy world where it seems nothing can go wrong? Or do you pre-emptively stick your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye?

Some have argued that Camus should have stuck to journalism, being a politically aware bad-ass and
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Will M.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*The second paragraph contains spoilers, I'd steer clear of it if you haven't read the novel*

The Plague is a depressing novel about the bubonic plague. Well, that's the main gist of it, but it's mostly about how the people dealt with such unexpected horror. At first I was painfully stricken at how lifeless and boring the characters are, but the last chapter changed my perception of the novel. They are lifeless because the narrator is speaking based on his observations. He can't account for what
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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانی عالی و خواندنی بود... داستانی که بازهم از بیخردی موجوداتِ مذهبی سخن میگوید... نکته قابل توجه در این داستان این بود که «پدر پانلو» کشیش نادان و بی خرد به مانند دیگر مبلغان بیخردِ مذهبی، که همه چیز را به خدا ارتباط میدهند، "طاعون" را عذابی از جانب خدا قلمداد کرده و درمانش را نیز به دست خدا انجام پذیر میداند، غافل از آنکه خدا و ناجی، همان «ژان تارو» بود که بیچاره هم ناجی مردم بود و هم قربانی بود
اگر من جایِ <آلبر کامو> بودم، سرنوشت آن کشیش احمق را جوری در داستان رقم می
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Ted
"It comes to this," Tarrou said almost casually; "What interests me is learning how to become a saint."
"But you don't believe in God."
"Exactly! Can one be a saint without God? - that's the problem, in fact the only problem, I'm up against today"


The Plague marks a significant change in Camus' view of ethics, and life itself, from The Stranger. Probably his best novel.

In The Thought and Art of Albert Camus, Thomas Hanna writes
The plague is evil and sin is giving in to this evil. Tarrou, in speak
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Lizzy
Albert Camus's The Plague is simply brilliant! Read a long time ago, I hope to revisit it one day... 5 stars.

Highly recommended!

Anastasia
Για να πω την αλήθεια, οι κριτικές που διάβασα πριν αρχίσω την ανάγνωση βοήθησαν πολύ στον εντοπισμό των συμβολισμών και την αποκρυπτογράφηση της γραφής του Καμύ. Το πιο πιθανό είναι ότι δεν θα έκανα τόσο άμεσα και καθαρά τη σύνδεση πανούκλας-πολέμου/φασισμού όπως συχνά υποστηρίζεται. Αλλά αυτό δεν καθίσταται ικανό να υποβαθμίσει την ποιότητα ή να μειώσει τη σημασία αυτού του βιβλίου.

Η Πανούκλα προσφέρεται για πολλές μεταφράσεις ανάλογα με τη ματιά του εκάστοτε αναγνώστη. Μπορεί να αντιπροσωπεύ
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Jeremy
1913–2013 A hundred years of Albert Camus, a writer.

…and to state quite simply what we learn in a time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.


Yes, Nazism influenced the writing of this story, Camus was living through it and resisting it, in his way; but it is not about it. This novel, published after The Myth of Sisyphus and written during the sometimes hostile response to the book, begins what became to be known as Camus’ ‘Cycle of Revolt’ (along with The Re
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صان
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
یک
کتابی بود که خیلی خوردخورد خوندمش، و شاید اگه کمی پیوستهتر میخوندمش خیلی بهتر میشد.
دوستش داشتم! خیلی درباره جدائی انسانها صحبت کرده بود، درباره رنجی که آدما میکشن از جدایی و دوری. درباره شهری که گرفتار طاعون شده و کسی اجازه خروج یا ورود به شهر رو نداره. درباره عقایدی که ادما توی همچین دوره ای میتونن داشته باشن. درباره کسایی که یا از مرگ میترسن یا باهاش مبارزه میکنن. درباره کسایی که در مواجهه با مرگ تازه یادشون میاد که زندگی یعنی چی و باید چطور زندگی کرد. کسایی که خیلی چیزارو فراموش کرده بودن و
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Perry
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A powerful, plangent epic on the petrifying effects of a plague on society, via pullulating fear and panic, apathy for life, and a loss of fundamental sanity.



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"It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world. Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in middle America felt a way
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Jonathan

The Plague - A brief quiz:

1. You find a dead rat on your front door: what do you do?
a) Ignore it, there are no rats in your clean house.
b) Remark to yourself 'how odd' but carry on as if nothing has happened.
c) Actively seek to work out why such a thing has happened to your house.
d) Note that many such cases of dead rats are happening in your neighbour's home and note that this is no coincidence.

2. A small handful of separate people across town start coming down with a strange disease. What do y
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Albert Camus (1913-1960) was a representative of non-metropolitan French literature. His origin in Algeria and his experiences there in the thirties were dominating influences in his thought and work. Of semi-proletarian parents, early attached to intellectual circles of strongly revolutionary tendencies, with a deep interest in philosophy (only chance prevented him from pursuing a university care ...more
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