Bored or boring in quarantine? Don’t worry, happens to all of us. However, if you’re a fan of reading Omar Ormeño, founder of the club, Readers Anonymous, shares the five best novels about pandemics and epidemics to read in the days of isolation:
Essay on the blindness (1995): A classic of the nobel prize Jose Saramago, tells the story about the blindness white a pandemic that has spread in the world. Humanity will have to face a new reality after losing vision completely. The deep selfishness that mark the different characters in the struggle for survival becomes a parable of modern society.
Revelation (1978): The renowned writer of horror Stephen King, he is the author of this novel post-apocalyptic which is divided into three parts: “captain trotamundos”, “On the border” and “Revelation”. This is a virus that escapes from a secret lab the Government of the US The survivors will have to face a fight for their survival, coming face between them.
I am legend (1954): Written by the american Richard Mathesonit’s very different to the movie which starred Will Smith in 2007. This novel of suspense and science fiction tells the story of a man who is a survivor of a germ warfare that has killed a large part of the human race. Now not only must stay alive and find a possible cure, but that must be faced by all those dead that are now beings with symptoms similar to vampirism.
Decameron (1352): Written by the Italian Giovanni Boccaccio, this novel is about ten young people who flee their village to seek refuge from the black plague that plagues their country. All their adventures and experiences are reflected in this book of stories that explores human behavior in the middle of a quarantine.
The plague (1947): Written by the nobel prize-French Albert Camus, it is one of the most-read in these times of quarantine. Is an epidemic (bubonic plague) that infects Algeria. country on the african continent. The story tells of a narrator-witness who goes on to relate all that happened and what it means to this pest for those involved in the different socio-economic levels in which they live.
Where do you find them?
The booktuber, Vania Uribe, mentioned in his YouTube channel that the digital library Internet Archive has released The National Emergency Library, with the aim of finding free access to 1.4 million books.