The book titled as “Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City” authored by Chinese literary writer Fang Fang is a compilation of online diary entries and social media posts that document 60 days of lockdown during COVID-19, captures the challenges of daily life and the changing moods and emotions of being quarantined without reliable information & is a remarkable record of the extraordinary time. The book was released in India in an ebook format on May 15, 2020, published by HarperNonFiction, the audio will follow on May 26.
- It is translated by Michael Berry, the book documents the author’s voice against social injustice, abuse of power that impeded the response to the epidemic. The book will be translated into 15 languages.
On January 25, after the Chinese central government imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, Fang Fang began publishing an online diary. In the following days & weeks, author’s nightly postings gave voice to the fears, frustrations, anger, and hope of millions of her fellow citizens, which reflects the psychological impact of forced isolation, the role of the internet as both community lifeline and source of misinformation, and the lives of neighbors and friends taken by the deadly virus.
Gist about the book
i.Fang fang documents the beginning of the global health crisis in real time, where we can identify patterns and mistakes that many of the countries dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic have later repeated.
ii.Reminds that, the condition of the citizens of Wuhan is also the condition of citizens everywhere.
iii.Author concludes her introduction: The virus is the common enemy of humankind; that is a lesson for all humanity. The only way we can conquer this virus and free ourselves from its grip is for all members of humankind to work together.
About Fang Fang
Fang fang has written novels, novellas, short stories, and essays which have appeared in nearly 100 different editions.
Awards– She is recipient of numerous honors, including the Lu Xun Literary Prize, and the Chinese Literature and Communications Prize for Outstanding Writer.