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4 plague novels to thicken your bookshelves!

The quarantine has taken is toll on us all, and as some people are more preoccupied for the economy and their haircuts, others are more concern about how this pandemic has changed the world, and how the COVID19 virus can affect their health. We know that the plagues and the pandemics have happened before and humanity has survived it, barely, so we just need to be patient and do everything in our hands to protect us and the rest of the world.

As we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I find fascinating how this quarantine situation allowed humanity to turn around to the arts, that have been neglected by us for a long time. People now have the time to actually see the beautify of a play, the melodious of a concern, the power of a novel, and the need to spend time with each other. Although it is sad to know that we had to come to this terms to appreciate them, we have a list of titles that can actually help you see how the plagues from the past and how the artists have embedded their present into our lives!

Check and read these novels so that you can find some tranquility into this tumultuous times!


The Plague by Albert Camus

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Camus has been one of the most impactful authors. Not only for his approach to the futile of life and human’s existence but for how he has seen that plagues tend to be more than a virus. Allegedly,  “The Plague” covers the French resistance to the Nazi occupation in WWII that as a plague decimated a great proportion of the Oran’s population.  So, is it needed to question if this novel can also, allegedly, see poor and ignorance governments as a plague that is destroying humanity?

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Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe

Not too far from the current events, Daniel Defoe goes over his memories when he was 5 years old to recount how the bubonic plagued swept almost ten thousand people. In a “Journal of the Plague Year” Defoe describes how the plague got the London streets empty of people, houses marked with crosses as a symbol of the presence of the sickness and the human suffering. You know what they say, the point of studying history is to avoid committing the same mistakes and to learn from the past.

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The Scarlet Plague by Jack London

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A world that was decimated again by a red plague that killed almost every human. Now, nobody can remember what brought this decimation or how the world was before, arts are gone, and the only hope to remember this tragic past is an old man who was there when it all happened. In a new savage society, “The Scarlet Plague” covers how resilient humanity is and turns into a terrifying prophecy of the perils of globalization.

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

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Sadly enough, the covid19 pandemic has attacked New York hard, and the deaths are piling up. However, we can still make it out victorious! Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan collaborated to bring the story of a vampiric virus that is threatening to destroy New York.  Abraham Setrakian, a survival from the holocaust, knows what is happening so a group of survivor of this plague join forces to stop the cataclysm that seems impossible to stop. “The Strain” is a recount on how we should all stay and work together to overcome the darkest times that are overwhelming us.

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