Camus: Oran and Modern Cities

by Christian Parreno

Of course, there is nothing more normal nowadays than to see people work from morning to evening, then choose to waste the time they have left for living at cards, in a café or in idle chatter. But there are town and countries where people do occasionally have an inkling for something else. On the whole, it does not change their lives; but they did have this inkling, and that is positive in itself. Oran, on the other hand, appears to be a town without inklings, that is to say, an entirely modern town.

Camus, Albert (2001) The Plague. London: The Penguin Press.