"The Plague" by Albert Camus
Harvard Reading Group Virtual Meeting June 14 at 4:30 pm PT
The Harvard Reading Group will discuss "The Plague" by Albert Camus. Written in 1947, this existentialist novel of epidemic and death has never been out of print, proving itself grimly current in the face of the tectonic changes of the last 70 years. Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a vast percentage of the population with it.
“[Camus] believed that the actual historical incidents we call plagues are merely concentrations of a universal precondition, dramatic instances of a perpetual rule: that all human beings are vulnerable to being randomly exterminated at any time, by a virus, an accident or the actions of our fellow man . . . He speaks to us in our own times not because he was a magical seer who could intimate what the best epidemiologists could not, but because he correctly sized up human nature.”
—Alain de Botton, The New York Times (“Camus on the Coronavirus”)
HCSF Zoom Webinar (dial-in information will be sent on Friday, June 12 to those who RSVP)
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4:30PM - 5:30PM Sun 14 Jun 2020 ( Timezone: Pacific )
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