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PESTE D'ALBERT CAMUS (LA) [Mass Market Paperback]

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April 23 1991 Foliotheque (Book 8)
Albert Camus publie La Peste en 1947 au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Il y relate une épidémie de peste qui aurait sévi en 1940 à Oran. Au fil des pages, on assiste à l'extension progressive de la maladie et on observe la réaction de chacun face à l'épidémie : certains fuient, d'autres restent pour lutter. À travers ce roman, l'écrivain invite à réfléchir sur les valeurs de solidarité et d'engagement.
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Un essai - Étude approfondie d'un grand texte classique ou contemporain par un spécialiste de l'oeuvre : approche critique originale des multiples facettes du texte dans une présentation claire et rigoureuse.

Un dossier - Bibliographie, chronologie, variantes, témoignages, extraits de presse. Éclaircissements historiques et contextuels, commentaires critiques récents.

Une iconographie - Des illustrations nombreuses et variées proposent une interprétation visuelle originale.

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Albert Camus naît à Mondovi, en Algérie, en 1913. Pendant la seconde guerre mondiale, il intègre un mouvement de résistance à Paris, puis devient rédacteur en chef du journal "Combat" à la Libération. Romancier, dramaturge et essayiste, il signe notamment "L'étranger" (1942) et "La Peste" (1947), et reçoit le prix Nobel de littérature en 1957. Il meurt en 1960 dans un accident de voiture. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Albert Camus - La peste Aug. 13 2009
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Ce livre est un portrait magnifique des troubles et hypocrisies de l'être humain. Une ville sur le bord de la mer mène une vie simple et tranquille, jusqu'à ce qu'un rat ensanglé soit trouvé. Puis un autre rat, et un autre - ensuite, à l'idiotise humaine, la découverte de ces rats morts ou mourants dans leur propre sang devient un jeu et le centre des nouvelles de la ville.

Tel que le titre le propose, la peste encombre certain villageois, et puis un nombre exponentiel le suit. La désensibilisation à la mort, la noirceur de l'humeur, l'abscence de joie et la perte d'espérence deviennent le centre de l'intrigue.

Un livre superbe, Camus représente l'être humain en toute sa faiblesse physique et sociale. J'avoue que le rhythme et la totalité du travail pèse lourdement sur la conscience et le coeur, mais à le terminer, ce livre exemplifie la condition humaine, et les vérités de la vie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars magnifica May 14 2000
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esta novela, que da la sensacion de claustrofobia y terror provocada por una enfermedad que pone en cuarentena a toda la poblacion, es otro logro de albert camus, un tremendo escritor, autor de ese otro libro llamado el extranjero. la peste, de caracter menos nihilista, nos muestra a los seres humanos aislados por la enfermedad y en busca de una causa comun, pero siempre solos, con su interior muy buena... LUIS MENDEZ
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NOVEL "POR EXCELENCIA" FROM CAMUS Nov. 27 2002
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Having submitted this review in spanish and not having it posted, I'll try again in english.......
Camus reached fame with his elaborations about the concept of the absurd (the purposeless search of the meaning of existence in a universe void of any)in three works: The Stranger, a novel; Caligula, a teathrical opus; and The Myth of Sisyphus, a recopilation of philosophical essays.
In his second famous novel, The Plague, we find a different Camus. Perhaps, more concerned about moral values and solidarity between human beings, in the face of massive destruction.
The plot of the novel unfolds in the city of Oran, Algeria. The central image has to do with a rat invasion that causes a plague epidemy, with disastrous consecuences. Here we find metaphorically portraited the invasion by the Nazis in 1943 of non occupied France (Camus said that the Nazis came like rats).
Then we find a description of the evolution of the plague, the reaction of the authorities (at first, self denial), the progressive isolation of the town from outside world, and on the onset the "normalization" of the tragedy (people grow accostumed to live with it, and become zombies). After the evolution and the growth of the problem, the inhabitants become completely isolated from the outside, and become prisoners in the inside, due to the drastic measures taken by the authorities. The plague becomes a collective problem that requires recognition and reaction by all. We have here a clear metaphorical reference to the need of a collective reaction to the Vichy government by all the citizens. The call to participate and react becomes a moral issue. Camus then describes with certain detail the soccer stadium where people are forcibly concentrated by the authorities, and this is an allusion to the Nazi concentration camps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un tableau saisissant de la condition humaine Oct. 23 2013
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Je n'avais lu de Camus que L'étranger, celui-ci faisant ombre à cet autre, en bonne partie du fait de notre culture scolaire. Dans la Peste, le célèbre prix Nobel de littérature met en scène une ville d'Algérie confrontée à l'épidémie. À travers le drame personnel des acteurs de cette épreuve collective, on découvre des hommes confrontés à la peur, à la souffrance, mais aussi à leurs responsabilités. On ne peut s'empêcher d'imaginer des situations analogues que feraient vivre à des populations touchées les épidémies de notre époque. Un roman universel sur la terreur qui rapproche aussi bien qu'elle divise, en même temps qu'une oeuvre sur la liberté de chacun de nous devant l'angoisse de la séparation et de la mort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps one of the most important books ever written. April 12 1998
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Camus's second novel "La Pest" is probably his richest and most widely accessable. The importance of the novel, however, is that it strives to create "existential ethics." Camus powerfully builds upon the ideas of absurdity that he estiblished in "The Myth of Sysiphus" and also expands upon how and why people must face and oppose suffering in the world.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NOVEL "POR EXCELENCIA" FROM CAMUS Nov. 27 2002
By Luciano Lupini - Published on Amazon.com
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Having submitted this review in spanish and not having it posted, I'll try again in english.......
Camus reached fame with his elaborations about the concept of the absurd (the purposeless search of the meaning of existence in a universe void of any)in three works: The Stranger, a novel; Caligula, a teathrical opus; and The Myth of Sisyphus, a recopilation of philosophical essays.
In his second famous novel, The Plague, we find a different Camus. Perhaps, more concerned about moral values and solidarity between human beings, in the face of massive destruction.
The plot of the novel unfolds in the city of Oran, Algeria. The central image has to do with a rat invasion that causes a plague epidemy, with disastrous consecuences. Here we find metaphorically portraited the invasion by the Nazis in 1943 of non occupied France (Camus said that the Nazis came like rats).
Then we find a description of the evolution of the plague, the reaction of the authorities (at first, self denial), the progressive isolation of the town from outside world, and on the onset the "normalization" of the tragedy (people grow accostumed to live with it, and become zombies). After the evolution and the growth of the problem, the inhabitants become completely isolated from the outside, and become prisoners in the inside, due to the drastic measures taken by the authorities. The plague becomes a collective problem that requires recognition and reaction by all. We have here a clear metaphorical reference to the need of a collective reaction to the Vichy government by all the citizens. The call to participate and react becomes a moral issue. Camus then describes with certain detail the soccer stadium where people are forcibly concentrated by the authorities, and this is an allusion to the Nazi concentration camps. More than the persons, the protagonist of this novel is the city.
In the sense that the values of solidarity and participation against a common disaster or enemy are called for, this novel is much more developed, from an ethical standpoint, than The Stranger.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Peste est une premonition de ce fin de siecle May 23 1998
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Only in French, but comments in English are welcome:un des plus puissants livres de tous les temps, du point de vue litteraire inimitable, du point de vue humain la transcription artistique et a la fois humaine des profondeurs sensibles et distantes en meme temps de l'espece humaine.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding challenge for the native English speaker April 11 2011
By Ulfilas - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the most difficult novel that I had ever read in French--and the most rewarding. Camus incorporates into his world of 1940's Oran Algeria a struggle between the respect for life as personified by the Physician, versus the Priest's view that life is just a prelude to something infinitely more wonderful--Death! Guess which side Camus favors?

I came upon this book because it was required reading for the course teaching French to graduate students whose departments (unlike my own) had such a language requirement. Clearly, La Peste is way too advanced for such novices! As a result the university book store had tons of these books that could be had for practically nothing! This was one of the best purchases that I ever made. On a recent conference trip to France I re-read this novel to brush up on my French--as pleasant a tutorial as one could ever imagine!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un livre pour tous et pour tous les temps !!! Feb. 1 2014
By Arman Hovhannisyan - Published on Amazon.com
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Lorsque Camus écrivait ce livre, c'était l'Europe qui venait de se débarasser de la Peste - de la Seconde guerre mondiale. Lorsque j'ai lu ce livre, en 1989, c'était mon pays qui venait de tomber dans la Peste de décennies - tremblement de terre de 1988, et ensuite, après quelques années, la guerre qui n'est point finie. Est aujourd'hui, c'est presque le monde entier qui est en Peste - la crise économique mondiale, des guerres, des révoltes et je ne sais quoi.. C'est là la grandeur de Camus - écrire pour tous et pour tous les temps, parce qu'il n'y a pas de salut de cette Peste - elle est en nous, nous autres êtres humains! Et Dieu merci qu'il y aurait encore de docteurs Rieux parmi nous.

Grand écrivain, grande oeuvre !
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