The townspeople of Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague, which condemns
its victims to a swift and horrifying death. Fear, isolation and
claustrophobia follow as they are forced into quarantine. Each person
responds in their own way to the lethal disease- some resign themselves to
fate, some seek blame, and a few, like Dr Rieux, resist the terror. An
immediate triumph when it was published in 1947, The Plague is in part an
allegory of France's suffering under the Nazi occupation, and a story of
bravery and determination against the precariousness of human existence.

Albert Camus—The Plague

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