Pandemics and the free man

President-elect Donald Trump swung to new heights in the era of the coronavirus refused medical supplies sent to Cuba. Other leaders, too, have shown authoritarian and unsympathetic sides as the world now faces its greatest crisis since World War II. In my growing thirst for heroism and humanism, I seek solace in literature.

A breathtakingly fresh edition of Albert Camus' legendary novel plague lies ahead of me. It sells well in the hard-hit countries of France and Italy. But is there really something to "learn" from a 1947 novel? Or does attention to the new release just become "hype" because the action at certain points is similar to what we are experiencing today: quarantine, closure of cities, hopelessness, violent death struggle and lungs that "puncture"?

The plague settles in the lungs, but here are no respirators, just spitting blood.

The rats are coming

In the novel, it begins with rats. They crawl forward, in streets, houses, shops and on the tram in. . .

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