- The State of Siege
"The State of Siege" ( _fr. L'État de siège) is the fourth play by
Written in 1948, "The State of Siege"—the original sense is closer to
state of emergency—is a play in three acts presenting the arrival of Plague, personified by a young opportunist, in sleepy Cadizand the subsequent creation of a totalitarianregime through the manipulation of fear.
The piece was first performed in October 1948, and was initially received poorly by critics and public, who had eagerly awaited the work, but expected a dramatisation of Camus's novel "
The Plague". While the two share a common background, the treatments are entirely different in tone. Although Camus himself was pleased with the work, critics remained unimpressed.
"The State of Siege" has remained almost constantly in print in French, and since 1958 in an English translation by Stuart Gilbert—in "Caligula and Three Other Plays"—with a foreword by Camus.
* [http://www.enotes.com/contemporary-literary-criticism/camus-albert-vol-32 Article on Camus dealing with his plays]
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