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Albert Camus in The Plague gives a pressing, pitilessly clear description of plague conditions:' We are all locked in a city. The gates are closed. The plague rages inside. The only question is, who will die first? This is the situation in Camus' town of Oran; it is also the situation of the Trojans in Homer's Illiad. And finally, it is the situation of human life.'
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Saffire, Paula, "Whip, Whipped, and Doctors: Homer's Illiad and Camus' The Plague" Interpretation / (1994): 181-189.
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