La Peste

La Peste❮PDF / Epub❯ ☆ La Peste Author Albert Camus – 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 elouently understated and epi 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 elouently 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 unheeded by the people It gradually becomes a omnipresent reality obliterating all traces of the past and driving its victims to almost unearthly extremes of suffering madness and compassion. Read The Plague free here Coronovirus is the name of the 21stC plague If you don't know what existentialism is reading this and relating to the world we have today and how it's looking for the next week month and perhaps even longer will show you Coronavirus has no favourites everyone's in line to catch it it's just a wrong place at the right time disease Some will die and there won't be any huge funerals and memorial services either Eventually there may be mass funerals unattended as in the book Let's hope it doesn't get to thatThis 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 consciousnessBut 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 sleep peacefully in their beds but the plague is the great eualizer they all die This is an atheist world where nothing has rhyme or reason and blaming it on fate or an angry god or uestioning why the deities have ignored the supplicants increasing praises appeals and desperate petitions is futile Even they see it is pointless and in the end the comforting rituals of death and consignment of the remains have mostly been abandoned The plague strikes almost all and those whom it leaves aren't special in any wayPacing is not something I tend to notice in a novel but I did in this one it is outstanding The pacing matches the descent into hell and the recovery into sunlight in a brisk sea air absolutely perfectly At the end after all the pain and darkness I felt relieved and refreshed an unusual feeling for the end of a book10 stars golden ones revised Sept 2019 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 dissertations on philosophy and theology Camus uses the epidemic to explore relationships community and existence Critics have seen The Plague as an allegory on Germany’s occupation of France but I think it can also be read to represent man’s propensity towards chaos and evil while ultimately remaining good Scholars will point out that Camus is primarily identified as an atheist but his later writings revealed at least a sympathetic position towards religion While some of the poetry of his French is lost in translation his techniue comes across as sparse but eclectic and his characterization and imagery evokes comparisons of such far ranging stylists as Hemingway and DH Lawrence And Camus’ individuality shines through his excellent prose Here is not an anodyne essayist but rather a vibrant athlete and vocal member of the French resistance; Camus is a masterful but reluctant artist Camus the fighter is revealed in page after page That may be the central message conveyed that life is worth living and worth fighting for no matter the likelihood of victory or the seemingly overwhelming natural forces assailing us or even the result of the fight The enduring residents of Oran do not so much fight and prevail as they simply survive but Camus emphasizes that the act itself of fighting the performance of resisting the devastating force of nature makes them stronger makes them worthy of survival regardless of whether or not they do survive 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 indiscriminating eye is perhaps the most difficult thing one can do But the result from doing so when taken with time is a clear eyed vision of the world we live in; the result of which is an inner strength of which few know But for those that have candidly looked into the eye of death for those that keep its hard reality within their awareness there is a wisdom and depth that emanates The people of Camus' Oran formerly thoughtless happy citizens that were like many of us now going about their merry ways not knowing how lucky they truly were become stricken by the plague It is a rotten disease full of physical suffering spreading rapidly unceasingly that causes the town's citizens to be uarantined within the town No getting out There they must go on trying to cope and survive some while kept away from their loved ones who are outside Oran's walls all while surrounded by the constant death of their peers The Plague is much about death but it’s also about how we choose to live Do we live like the people of Oran going through each day without truly thinking taking things for granted going through the motions in an ignorant opiated stupor Or do we look death and by extension life in the eye taking nothing for granted noticing and appreciating our complexities and gifts endeavoring for truth and striving to be good people No matter how painful and difficult do we face reality with courage Do we overcome Are we striving to be true heroes to others and to ourselves There are fates worse than death Like living life half heartedly without truth without passion Without conviction Without sacrifice And without love If you lived in an ordinary community uite 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 uestions 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 and with growing compassion and understanding for the less heroic characters and their fears and petty actions To me it is a masterpiece one of the great examples of timeless world literature As a student even though I was worrying just as much about exam uestions French vocabulary and grammar difficulties as about the message I felt that I finally grasped the totalitarian systems of the 20th century and their strange morbid attraction despite or because of their absolute negativity I asked myself to what extent I would have remained human facing the terror of the rats and their invisible yet deadly loadOne thing though remained completely unthinkable to me as a young adolescent despite the horror of the reading experience and the sincere sympathy for the generations of Europeans that had experienced societies worse than plague ridden I thought it COULD NOT happen again Not here not in Western civilisation not with our KNOWLEDGE Being an adolescent in Germany in the mid 1990s I was convinced that walls were breaking down that democracy was on the rise that human rights and welfare were secure goods and that the world was beyond the plague of totalitarian all consuming ideas spreading like wildfire like a plague befalling a whole community “C’est impossible tout le monde sait u’elle a disparu de l’Occident”In a way I was in the situation of doctor Rieux at the very beginning of the story convinced that the plague was completely gone But Rieux narrator and participant in the story documenting his own private worries along with the catastrophe of the spreading plague has to choose between sticking to his ideas or to accept the evidence he witnesses Chronicling the development of his community in crisis as well as actively working to help those stricken with the plague he slowly but steadily grows as a human being and realises that nothing is actually ever GONEEven in the end when people are celebrating their survival of the epidemic in drunken happiness forgetting all their losses their suffering their fears and pain he stays vigilant For he has learned something beyond the lesson of the immediate crisis“Écoutant en effet les cris d’allégresse ui montaient de la ville Rieux se souvenait ue cette allégresse était toujours menacée Car il savait ce ue cette foule en joie ignorait et u’on peut lire dans les livres ue le bacille de la peste ne meurt ni ne disparaît jamais u’il peut rester pendant des dizaines d’années endormi dans les meubles et le linge u’il attend patiemment dans les chambres les caves les malles les mouchoirs et les paperasses et ue peut être le jour viendrait où pour le malheur et l’enseignement des hommes la peste réveillerait ses rats et les enverrait mourir dans une cité heureuse”What would you do if you saw those rats Who would you choose to be It is time to dig out the masterpieces of existential uestions again I think Knowledge of the different facets of human nature under stress can never be overestimated as a means to choose wisely should your town be stricken unexpectedly by a plague I wish I knew for sure I would make a decent appearance in Camus’ scenario But fear is powerful 559 La Peste The Plague Albert CamusThe Plague 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 uestions 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 the label The narrative tone is similar to Kafka's especially in The Trial whose individual sentences potentially have multiple meanings the material often pointedly resonating as stark allegory of phenomenal consciousness and the human conditionطاعون آلبر کامو ؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1974میلادیعنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم علی صدوقی؛ تهران، خرد، 1340، در 140ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی سده 20معنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم رضا سیدحسینیی؛ تهران، نیل، 1345، در 300ص؛ چاپ دوم 1348؛ چاپ سوم تهران، بامداد، 1360، در 436ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، غزالی، 1370؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، نیلوفر، 1375، در 341ص، شابک 9644481400؛ چاپ یازدهم 1388، شابک 9789644481413؛ چاپ سیزدهم 1392؛عنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم اقدس یغمائی؛ تهران، ؟، ؟، در 418ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، جامی، 1389، در 327ص، شابک 9789642575800؛ عنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم عنایت الله شکیباپور؛ تهران، ؟، ؟، در 152ص؛عنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم پرویز شهدی؛ تهران، مجید، 1388، در 343ص؛ شابک 978964531125؛ چاپ سوم 1393؛عنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم حسین دهخدا؛ تهران، روزگار، 1389، در 216ص؛ شابک 9789643742775؛ عنوان طاعون؛ نویسنده آلبر کامو؛ مترجم حسین کاظمی یزدی؛ تهران، نیکا، 1393، در 287ص؛ شابک 9786005906998؛داستان رمان در شهری از «الجزایر»، به نام «اُران» یا «وهران» رخ می‌دهد؛ و از زبان راوی، که بعدها خود را «دکتر ریو» معرفی می‌کند، بازگو می‌شود؛ کتاب با روشنگریهایی در باره ی مردمان، و تصویر شهر آغاز، و سپس با افزایش تعداد موش‌ها در شهر، و اشاره به مرگ آن‌ها ادامه می‌یابد آقای «میشل»، سرایدار منزل «دکتر ریو»، بر اثر بیماری‌ ای، با بروز تاول‌ها، و خیارک‌ها می‌میرد، و مرگ چند تن دیگر، با همان علائم، باعث می‌شود «دکتر ریو»، علت مرگ را بیماری احتمالاً مسری بدانند، و کمی بعد «دکتر کاستل»، این بیماری را «طاعون» تشخیص می‌دهند؛ با سستی مسئولین، پس از مدتی، با شیوع «طاعون»، شهر «قرنطینه» اعلام می‌شودتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 13061399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی 35 starsthat a loveless world is a dead world and always there comes an hour when one is weary of prisons of one’s work and of devotion to duty and all one craves for is a loved face the warmth and wonder of a loving heartWell this book about human resilience in the face of horrorsicknessplague was WORK for me I found myself having to read and re read sections as this book is not just a book but a social political philosophical commentary I found myself thinking huh what did the narrator just say What did he mean Plus there is the uestion about the identity of the narratorread to find outThe book begins as a plague is sweeping Oran a coastal town in North Africa First rats then humans begin dying and the town decides to uarantine the town by isolating it from the outside world Many of the characters are cut off from those they love The characters in this book range from Dr Rieux to vacationers and fugitives As the townspeople try to survive the book shows us their resilience their suffering their compassion their banning together and their thoughts on love and life Whew This was not a book I was able to dig into and power read It did take some time as the book is deep Somehow Camus brings humanism optimism and the role of love to a depressing story of bubonic plaue 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 uarantine 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 the city Camus uses the suffering and deaths of children to reflect on the role of God and religion The barren dry windswept desolate town is so well portrayed that it is like a character in the story I’m reminded of the religious theme and the desolation of the Mexican town in Graham Green’s The Power and the Glory If you are put off by the thought that this is an incredibly depressing book don’t be The plague is a literal epidemic of the modern Bubonic Plague that sweeps through a town in Algeria And it is also figurative and symbolic the African town the colonial remnant of Oran is “sealed off” as a result as political powers seal us off nowadays from obtrusive and disturbing Truth in a collective slumber of despair Sound familiarBut guess what within its sealed demesne good men are doing active and physically engaged Good Things within the vibrant frame of a new kind of postmodernist Faith as Paul Tillich said echoing Karl Barth in a God beyond the worn out bourgeois godThey also have Faith in their own Elbow Grease to tirelessly though humanly combat the insidious Evil of the Bubonic ThreatYes the postwar years saw the Genesis of a plague like veiled formless despair that still chills our thin twenty first century blood and Here it has been manfully faced and contained by A Few Good Men such as theseThey are not many but they have boldly made the decision to Live and Work Bodily and Humanly Incarnated in a Brutally Absurd WorldAnd we can do that for ourselvesNowAnd avoid being bodiless bloodless internet junkies of no apparent tangible goodThe forces of law as in Camus’ symbolic postwar Algeria try to stifle the truth with subtle thoughts of ingrained fearful and useless conditioning But brave men REFUSE not to act even under the Paralysis of our modern day Plague “ours is ONLY and always the Trying”A stark gainless grappling with an Angel for even Jacob was disabled for life by such combatBut kept on fighting ExcelsiorUnlike so many of us others today who have just Given UpBut we even when innocent children are senselessly dying in the plague’s pointless grip though we reject the modern ersatz gods we don’t give up as Oran’s tireless doctor saysFor we are informed in our souls nerve endings and stretched sinews by a vision that refuses to dieThe vision of that God beyond god that Refuses to uit And refuses to just stand by watching and helplessAs His Angel disjoints us “But what does it mean the plague It's life that's all” Evidently it wasn't enough for me to read about global pandemics in the works of Kurt Vonnegut or Margaret Atwood Albert Camus' The Plague isn't about a future apocalyptic world but the uarantine and death by disease of citizens in the Algerian city of Oran Camus' plague is about the human condition and the existential crisis posed by the disease Even if the plague also represents a Nazi occupation as some claim there is still an existential crisis in how one resists or resigns oneself to fate What struck me during this reading was how absorbed people were in the numbers In The Plague it's first about the number of dead rats where in the city these dead rats have been found and then the number of people who have died People are absorbed in this data even if they don't really know what it means whether the risk for them is going up or down There is a corresponding belief that the situation isn't really all that bad “In this respect our townsfolkdisbelieved in pestilences A pestilence isn't a thing made to man's measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogey of the mind a bad dream that will pass away But it doesn't always pass away and from one bad dream to another it is men who pass away” Those in Oran are slow to accept the severity of the plague as well as the need for a uarantine The uarantine comes uickly though and I was intrigued by Camus' psychological portrait of those who are confined in the city and sometimes further isolated from family and loved ones From disbelief those under uarantine begin to lose hope that the plague will ever end Some try to escape their condition the uarantine and the city without success Camus shows how they are cut off from their former life while facing the possibility of its end the complete break from all that life had meant to them Eventually the disease subsides; however the celebration that the town will open its gates is also mixed with the melancholy of what people have faced before the time of forgetting and denial of the horror What's really celebrated by Camus at least is the struggle and even the small bits of heroism of those engaged in the struggleI realize we all have plagueEach of us has the plague within him Camus makes it clear that the plague is always with us always ready to strike 375 stars Albert Camus predicted how we react to Covid 19This was such an amazing and important read Written in 1946 Albert Camus managed to predict the struggles we face todayIn the novel „The Plague“ the citizens of the small city Oran are in the grip of a deadly plague which condemns its victims to suffering and horrifying death Fear isolation and claustrophobia follow as they are forced into uarantine Each person responds in their own way to the lethal disease some resign themselves to fate some seek blame and a few resist the terrorEffects on the People Camus describes the fade of several very different characters how they experience the plaue and how they reactThe chronicle’s unknown narrator eventually reveals himself as Dr Rieux He is one of the first people to recognize the outbreak and urge that stringent sanitation measures must be taken A staunch humanist and atheist he has little patience with the authorities reluctance to take action When Oran is placed under uarantine Dr Rieux continues to battle the plague and tries to help his patients despite the fact that his efforts make little or no difference There is no cure or vaccineJean Tarrou was on vacation in Oran when he was trapped due to the uarantine As an outsider his observations are objective than those of the citizens Because he doesn‘t believe in God he doesn‘t believe in the illusion of an intrinsic rational and moral meaning in death suffering and human existence He starts the volunteer anti plague effort and works just as hard as Dr Rieux in battling the epidemic but doesn‘t surviveOther important characters are a trapped journalist who tries to escape A criminal who isn‘t persecuted any due to the authorities occupation with the plague and becomes a profitable smuggler Or a Jesuit priest first declaring that the plague is a God sent punishment for their sins but then alters calling the plague a supreme test of faith There are several characters all effected in a uniue wayExile and Imprisonment uarantine At Marseilles Officers DrawingThe plague simultaneously exiles and imprisons the town First everyone wants to speed up time and end the plague or they try to escape but later most give up hope or live in fantasies of regret and longing For others their exile is a separation from an idea a sense of happiness or a peace that they find in their struggle against death The plague makes Oran a microcosm as everyone in the town suffer the same epidemic and experience similar kinds of exile and imprisonment but still distrust each other and feel alone in their suffering Only those who accept the plague’s power and their own state of exile but still struggle against it are able to find personal freedom However once the authorities loosen the restrictions citizens return to careless behavior almost immediatelySuffering and DeathThe people of Oran deal with the meaningless suffering in various ways At first they try to ignore it the authorities try to downplay the death rates and refuse to take action while the citizens don’t feel personally threatened of death and fail to practice social distancing or careful hygiene But once dead bodies pile up everywhere and the lockdown is announced they experience the plague as a personal enemy separating them from their loved ones Some see it as divine punishment or a means to profit and others eventually give up hope and succumb to what seems inevitable Some torturous death‘s are described in detail and ultimately lead the religious to doubt their faith in God The plague becomes a symbol of the harsh meaningless universe the human condition war and ultimately suffering and deathCamus Philosophy Albert CamusThe Plague is essentially a philosophical novel Throughout his life Camus was deeply concerned with the problem of human suffering in an indifferent absurd world and existentialism Although the effort to alleviate and prevent human suffering seems to make little or no difference in the ravages of the plague Camus asserts that perseverance in the face of tragedy is a noble struggle even if it ultimately fails to make an appreciable difference Such catastrophes test the tension between individual self interest and social responsibility Camus asserted that there is no intrinsic rational or moral meaning in human existence “I've seen of enough of people who die for an idea I don't believe in heroism; I know it's easy and I've learned it can be murderous What interests me is living and dying for what one loves”Reading The Plague was like reading a story about the Covid 19 outbreak Camus was inspired by the cholera epidemic that killed a large proportion of Oran's population in 1849 but situated the novel in the 1940s However this is not a depressing read but a philosophical outlook on life It dives deep into the irrationality of human existence and suggests that within every human being there is an innate capacity for good although many people never fully realize their potential

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  • La Peste
  • Albert Camus
  • 14 January 2014
  • 9783464003206