8. On the influence of tuberculosis on Albert Camus’ The Plague, 1941-1947
And how it fulfils the plague symbol
In January 1942, in Algeria, soon after commencing work on his plague novel, Camus’ second lung became infected with tuberculosis. Until then, he had refused to be confined to a sanatorium. But the disease was spreading and his prognosis was so dire he reluctantly agreed, although it t…
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