Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City

Category: Book
By (author): Berry, Michael
By (author): Fang, Fang
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 400
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.25in
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$ 36.99
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From The Publisher*

From one of China's most acclaimed and decorated writers comes a powerful first-person account of life in Wuhan during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On January 25, 2020, after the central government imposed a lockdown in Wuhan, acclaimed Chinese writer Fang Fang began publishing an online diary. In the days and weeks that followed, Fang Fang's nightly postings gave voice to the fears, frustrations, anger, and hope of millions of her fellow citizens, reflecting on the psychological impact of forced isolation, the role of the internet as both community lifeline and source of misinformation, and most tragically, the lives of neighbors and friends taken by the deadly virus. 

A fascinating eyewitness account of events as they unfold, Wuhan Diary captures the challenges of daily life and the changing moods and emotions of being quarantined without reliable information. Fang Fang finds solace in small domestic comforts and is inspired by the courage of friends, health professionals and volunteers, as well as the resilience and perseverance of Wuhan's nine million residents. But, by claiming the writer´s duty to record she also speaks out against social injustice, abuse of power, and other problems which impeded the response to the epidemic and gets herself embroiled in online controversies because of it.

As Fang Fang documents the beginning of the global health crisis in real time, we are able to identify patterns and mistakes that many of the countries dealing with the novel coronavirus have later repeated. She reminds us that, in the face of the new virus, the plight of the citizens of Wuhan is also that of citizens everywhere. As Fang Fang writes: "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." 

Blending the intimate and the epic, the profound and the quotidian, Wuhan Diary is a remarkable record of an extraordinary time. 

Review Quote*"This is an important and dignified book...[Wuhan Diary] is most scorching in Fang Fang's calls to hold to account the leaders who downgraded and minimized the virus." 
Review Quote*"[The] go-to unofficial account of events unfolding in Wuhan."
Review Quote*"[Wuhan Diary] is the personal account of a layperson reacting to confusing, conflicting, and distressing circumstances in real time. It is an emotional work that finds its charm in its spontaneity and wit."
Review Quote*"Voices like Fang Fang's...remain increasingly rare in China."
Review Quote*"[Wuhan Diary] remains a glimpse into a distressing future."
Review Quote*"Fang Fang's account makes clear that as the geopolitical differences between the Chinese regime and the United States grow by the day, the lives of middle-class Chinese meanwhile seem ever less exotic and ever more similar to those of Americans."
Review Quote*"This is a book that will be referred to in the future when people want to know how many Chinese felt about the pandemic."