Pestin (The Plague) is a novel, first published in 1947.
often labelled the dark existentialist but in the Plague he depicts a view of
existence, which maintains the belief in the good found in the individual.
inspiration is a Cholera plague that killed a large portion of the Algerian
port town Oran in 1849, in the wake of the French empire’s occupation of Algiers.
only rats die. But eventually the town becomes completely isolated, making its
inhabitants mad because of their longing for freedom.
doctor fights valiantly for the lives of the inhabitants. Many others join him
in his efforts and attempt to create a meaningful life in the worst conditions
possible or, at least, make a honourable death possible. The Plague explores
how a doomed city shapes the people who live in it.