Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the second-youngest recipient in history. [Wikipedia entry]
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. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on the population, and in so doing poses questions about the human condition. [Wikipedia entry]
Camus finished a first draft of his novel L’Étranger (1942) alone in a hotel room in Montmartre. The former Hôtel du Poirier on the rue Ravignan sits atop one of Paris’s “buttes” or hills, whose cleaner air might have benefited the young writer, who struggled with chronic tuberculosis. [The Paris Review]
Text adapted from Camus, Albert (1913 – 1960) La Peste, Paris: Gallimard, 1947; Aarons, Ed, and Lowe, Sid (28 April 2020) “French football season will not resume but La Liga has new hope of restart”, the Guardian.; Jones, A. (2009), Football as a metaphor: learning to cope with life, manage emotional illness and maintain health through to recovery. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16: 488-492. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01403.x
Source image: Albert Camus, Nobel prize winner, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing left, smoking cigarette. Photograph by United Press International, via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.
Camus, Albert (1947) La Peste, Paris: Gallimard. English version text available via the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/stream/plague02camu/plague02camu_djvu.txt (Accessed 30 April 2020)
Aarons, Ed, and Lowe, Sid (28 April 2020) “French football season will not resume but La Liga has new hope of restart”, the Guardian. Available at https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/28/french-football-season-cancelled-with-no-games-until-at-least-august-prime-minister-coronavirus (Accessed 30 April 2020)
Jones, A. (2009), Football as a metaphor: learning to cope with life, manage emotional illness and maintain health through to recovery. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 16: 488-492. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2009.01403.x
Kaplan, Alice (19 September 2016) “Paris from Camus’s Notebooks”, The Paris Review. Available at https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2016/09/19/paris-camuss-notebooks/ (Accessed 30 April 2020)
Illing, Sean (16 March 2020). “This is a Time for Solidarity”. Vox. Available at https://www.vox.com/2020/3/13/21172237/coronavirus-covid-19-albert-camus-the-plague (Accessed 30 April 2020)
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