The book was originally published in 1947 under the French title La Peste. There are three English translations:
- I have not read the 1948 Stuart Gilbert translation of The Plague.
- I read the 2001 Robin Buss translation of The Plague. (Previously, I read the Robin Buss translation of The Count of Monte Cristo.)
- There is a new translation by Laura Marris being published by Knopf later this year.
What is the BEST translation of The Plague by Camus?
I know some French—but not, like, a lot—and I haven’t read both the existing English translations. Still, you asked, so here’s my answer.
I recommend the Buss / Penguin translation of The Plague:
It’s got a nice afterword by Tony Judt. See below for other reasons.