For the past month I spent time in exile in the Algerian city of Oran, in the north of Africa, alongside the most interesting characters born in the mind of one of the gratest philosophers of our time.
Oran is a city affected by a devastating plague that kills quickly and horribly. The town is soon quarantined and its citizens forced to live in solitude and fear. The story is told from the point of view of a doctor who is treating the disease.
For me this gripping tale if the unrelieved horror, of survival and resilience, and the ways in wich humankind confronts death is by far on of the best books of french literature. Those with interest medicine and political systems will enjoy the deeper meaning within the novel.