In January 2020, Wuhan was placed in total lockdown, leaving its residents anxious and afraid, struggling to find medicine, food and information about the strange new virus that left them trapped them in their homes. In Deadly Quiet City, one of China’s most celebrated authors, Murong Xuecen, goes in search of stories from Wuhan's 76-day lockdown. Eight people – including an exhausted doctor and a citizen journalist – share their lives and their grief as the catastrophe unfolded. Revealing truths about people, the pandemic and China today, Deadly Quiet City is a haunting documentation of modern history.
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Murong Xuecun is the nom de plume of Hao Qun, one of China’s first internet-based writers. Born in 1974, he studied law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. A prominent social critic, he became a contributing opinion writer for the International New York Times in 2013.
Clive Hamilton is an Australian academic and author of a number of books, including Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change and Hidden Hand: How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World (with Mareike Ohlberg). He is professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and has held various visiting academic positions, including at Yale University, Sciences Po and the University of Oxford.