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How Albert Camus Gave Us ‘The Plague’

Provided by Vintage & Anchor Books

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping the world, plague fiction soared onto bestseller lists, with Albert Camus’ 1947 novel The Plague leading the pack.

Forbes reported that The Plague, a story of disease decimating the Algerian city of Oran, more than tripled its weekly sales from February to March. We at RadioWest have been part of the group eager to read it – we started our first RadioWest Book Club in May and began with The Plague. On Friday, we’ll talk with Camus scholar and biographer Dr. Robert D. Zaretsky about Camus’s life, his work and the stories behind his famous novel. 

Robert D. Zaretsky’s books on Camus are Albert Camus: Elements of a Life [IndieBound|Amazon|Audibleand A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning [IndieBound|Amazon].

RadioWest Book Club

If you've been reading The Plague for our new RadioWest Book Club, on your own or are just interested in learning more about it, we're meeting Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. via Zoom to discuss it as a group. Look for the Zoom invite on Monday on our Facebook Group

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.