Translated by Stuart Gilbert
An epidemic serves a telling symbol for the Nazi occupation of France, and, by extension, for human existence as a whole.joined the resistance movement during the occupation and after the liberation was a columnist for the newspaper Combat. But his journalistic activities had been chiefly a response to the demands of the time; in 1947 Camus retired from political journalism and, besides writing his fiction and essays, was very active in the theatre as producer and playwright (e.g., Caligula, 1944). He also adapted plays by Calderon, Lope de Vega, Dino Buzzati, and Faulkners Requiem for a Nun. His love for the theatre may be traced back to his membership in LEquipe, an Algerian theatre group, whose collective creation Révolte dans les Asturies (1934) was banned for political reasons.