• Maud Bourgé

No one is immune / Personne n'est à l'abri

Updated: Aug 18



Above is the very last paragraph of the book La peste (The Plague) by Albert Camus - translated below.

Ci-dessus apparaît le tout dernier paragraphe du livre La peste d'Albert Camus - Traduit ci-dessous.


Indeed, as he listened to the cries of joy rising from the town, Rieux remembered that such joy could be jeopardized at any time. He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know and could have learned from reading books, that the plague bacillus never fully dies or disappears, that it can remain dormant for dozens of years in furniture or clothing, that it patiently awaits its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks, handkerchiefs, and old papers, and that, maybe the day would come when, for the affliction and the learning of men, the plague would awaken its rats and send them forth to die in a happy city.


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