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

17 November 2020

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.

CPD eLearning

You can earn CPD points after listening to this podcast by taking the podcast module test via CPD eLearning. To complete eLearning based on this podcast – and access other eLearning content – simply login or subscribe.

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry