How Agatha Christie, Frederick Douglass and Albert Camus are getting us through this

Updated 1317 GMT (2117 HKT) May 9, 2020

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(CNN)In his 1948 novel "The Plague" -- sales of which have ticked upward during the Covid-19 crisis - French author Albert Camus reflects on the nature of outbreak and its relation to the human capacity for surprise: "Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world; yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet, always plagues and wars take peopl