August 14, 2020

Books About Pandemic To Read

A year ago, no one could have thought that books about various epidemics will be very relevant nowdays. On the one hand, in such a difficult time, you may not even want to read about viruses, but on the other hand, such books can contain very useful and necessary information. You need to understand in what time we live in and we need to be informed in this regard.

A Journal of The Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1722). It turns out that Daniel Defoe wrote not only Robinson Crusoe. In his book author described the bubonic plague which killed appxoimately the quarter of London`s population in the years 1665-1666. Writing a book, Defoe used the data and facts of historical documents.

The Plague, Albert Camus. This is for sure the most popular pandemic book. This novel was published in 1947 and it tells about plague in Algerian city of Oran. It shows who the plague affects population. It is said that novel is based on real events – in 1849 the cholera epidemic killed a large population of Oran.

The Stand by Stephen King (1978). This novel is written in the genre of post-apocalypse with elements of fantasy and horror. The book tells about pandemic that kills almost the entire population of the world. The few survivors, united in groups, establish a new social system and enter into confrontation with each other. Starting to write the book, the writer wanted to create a book in the spirit of “The Lord of the Rings” in the scenery of modern America. The book was hard for the author because of the large number of characters, storylines, and, as a result, the large volume.

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Markez. The novel was published in Spanish in 1985. “Plagues are like imponderable dangers that surprise people,” Gabriel García Márquez told the New York Times in 1988. The book tells about 2 young people whol fall in love in the youth, but the girl chose a wealthy successful doctor to marry with. All these events occurr during the plague.

Beauty salon by Mario Bellatin. This is not a standard pandemic story.
The action takes place in a world where a pandemic kills only men. The novel’s narrator runs a beauty salon, which becomes a hospice for sick people.

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson. It is an alternate history novel by science fiction novel, published in 2002. It tells how the plague killed 99% of European population in the 14th century.

The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera (2013). It is a post-apocalyptical noir fiction novel. The book focuses on a fixer who tries  to arrange a peaceful exchange of bodies of people who died of the plague) between two criminal groups in unknown Mexican city.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2014). This novel is about the Georgian flu which killed about 99% of people all over the world. The novel was well received by critics, it appeared on several end-of-year lists as one of the best novels of 2014.

The Book M by Peng Shepherd. The book tells about a dangerous near future world, about the story of ordinaty people in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love.


How many of the above books have you read? Write in the comments and share which books are your favorite ones.

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