In The plague, the Algerian coastal city of Oran is gripped by a deadly disease. Victims die quickly and horribly and the city goes into quarantine. Camus describes how people respond to the disease and the closure of the outside world.

The plague is reread all over the world 73 years after its publication. Why is this book a must-read right now? Which patterns from The plague can be found in the corona crisis? And what should you pay attention especially to enjoy the novel? Ruud Welten, professor at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, gives a literary-philosophical introduction to the existentialism of Camus and his book from 1947.


Would you like to exchange thoughts about Camus and The plague? Studium Generale is organising an online book club on Wednesday 15 April between 16:00 and 17:00. Register here.