The Plague is a novel set in Algeria in 1940. It follows a wide array of characters during a plague in Algeria. The characters range from scientists and doctors attempting to stem the flood of the plague to simple refugees and Americans and Europeans vacationing in Algeria. The novel is existential in tone, dwelling grimly on themes of the meaninglessness and irrationality of life and on the sudden and brutal destruction caused by plague, war, and other catastrophes.
A Journal of the Plague Year is the fictionalized story of a nameless Londoner surviving the Great Plague in 1665. It is inspired by the journals of author Daniel Defoe's uncle, who himself kept meticulous records of the plague and its impact on one of the world's greatest centers of commerce and culture. The novel is a roughly linear account of the plague's progress through London and, to a lesser extent, its impact on the rest of the British Isles.