Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times

Dr Raj Persaud interviews Dr Oliver Gloag

48 minutes


May 2020


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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.


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