What is the setting of The Plague? What is the city like?
Dr. Bernard Rieux, the unnamed narrator of the novel, begins his story some time in the 1940s in the city of Oran, Algeria. The French port on the Mediterranean is a mix of white, brown, and black people, French and Muslim, and sailors from all over. It is very cosmopolitan and diverse. It is set up like most colonies: a small white minority controls a vast non-white majority. So there is racial, religious, and cultural tension.
The story, like many great works, begins mid-April....
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