In “The Plague,” Camus’ theme was fascism.
The final paragraph in that book surely resonates with the news today and the deeply pernicious way fascism takes root in a culture:
He knew what those jubilant crowds did not know but could have learned from books: that the plague bacillus never dies or disappears for good; that it can lie dormant for years and years in furniture and linin-chests; that it bides its time in bedrooms, cellars, trunks and bookshelves; and that perhaps the day would come when, for the bane and the enlightening of men, it would rouse up its rats again and send them forth to die in a happy city.
German fascism was not just about Hitler. Russian fascism is not just about Putin. American fascism is not just about Trump.