Pesten

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Med råttorna kommer pesten, och Oran i Nordafrika blir en stad i belägringstillstånd. Isolerade från omvärlden är invånarna utlämnade åt varandra och åt skräcken. Men en liten grupp, med läkaren Bernard Rieux i spetsen, tar upp kampen mot pestens härjningar. Hans skildring av det sega motståndet mot lidande och död är en ständigt aktuell berättelse om människans förhållande till det onda; om underkastelse och feghet, om ansvar och mod, och om solidariteten som en revolt mot tillvarons meningslöshet.

Pesten är Nobelpristagaren Albert Camus största roman och ett av den moderna världslitteraturens mest betydande verk
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Published 1962 by Aldus / Bonniers (first published June 1947
Original Title of the Book
La Peste
Number of Pages
235

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The Epidemi is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label.

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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 isdom and depth that emanates.

The resident of Camus' Oran -- formerly thoughtless, happy citizens that were, like any of us now, going about their merry ways not knowing how lucky they truly were -- become stricken by the plague.

Do we live like the eople of Oran, going through each day without truly thinking, taking things for granted, going through the motions in an obnoxiou, opiated stupor?

Or do we look death -- and by extension, life -- in the ea, taking nothing for granted, noticing and appreciating our complexities and gifts, endeavoring for truth, and striving to be ba people?

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Eventually there may be mass funerals, unattended as in the books.

Let 's hope it does n't get to that.________________________________This was as much an existentialist tract as it was a ook about the descent of a villag 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.

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Somehow Camus brings humanism, optimism and the role of love to a predictabl tal of bubonic plaque in 1940 ’ s Oran, Algeria.

The barren, dry, windswept, desolate town is so well portrayed that it is like a character in the stories.

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Our narrator unfolds the events with a voice most detached yet complacent, Dr. Bernard Rieux is the survived witness and victim of what happened in later onths, of the transition of people, of the heart crushing groans that became the interminable anthem of the villag, I ’ ve never in my life seen someone fighting the already defeated battle with plague, their groins sagging with buboes, eyes flushed and fever bright, writhing with every breath that escapes from their ody, their limped throats causing squeaks like rat, with an endless thirst that quenches never, until bellies are burst when swelled too much with liquid, lungs defy to cooperate and the already defeated battle comes to an end leaving a body cold and open in every pore, this is not the end we want for us, for our loved ones, day after day, after day, until the anger turns into agony and agony weds with despair, giving birth to an endless indifference.

And all the hideous fears that stamp their faces in the daytime are transformed in the fiery, dusty nightfall into a kin of hectic exaltation, an unkempt freedom fevering their blood. ” God is the luxury of better days, a fair whether friend, a source of comfort for the relentless hearts, a good-times enthralling idea that breeds on the soil of one ’ s soul, and the certitude of hereafter a pornographic clip that wets our insides for a timely pleasure, tickling our sensitive places with the sensuousness of more to come, a pigeon ’ s closing of eyes on seeing the cat right in front of him, but when faced with reality, first thing that crumbles down like a shred of glass is the comfort feel of that eternal reward in exchange of the hell we spend called life, you can ’ t entertain the thought of some supernatural deity sitting in sky looking down at masses in silence anymore, counting the time of judgment to come, while they writhe in pain indescribable and call for him only to receive a ceaseless silence in response, there ’ s something gravely wrong with god theory, it has to be.Again and again, Camus invokes some condition of well-being that has been forfeited, because the pestilence has taken hold.

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The surface story is about plague in the arly 1940s visiting the Algerian coastal city of Oran.

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 orce of nature makes them stronger, makes them worthy of survival regardless of whether or not they do survive.

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