Fang Fang: The Wuhan writer whose virus diary angered China

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A diary written by an award-winning Chinese author documenting her life in Wuhan in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak has now been translated into English. Fang Fang first began publishing online accounts of her experience in the city in January, while it was still believed to be a local crisis. The 65-year-old’s diary entries were widely read, providing millions in China with a rare glimpse into the city where the virus first emerged. Earlier this year, Wuhan became the first place in the world to enter a state of complete lockdown that was then unheard of, but has now become widespread. The city was essentially cut off from not only China, but the rest of the world.