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A Planetary Pandemic: International Reflections from Mike Davis, Ai Xiaoming and others
In this edition
A set of texts from around the world addressing the political, economic, social and cultural fall-out of the coronavirus pandemic. Building on his investigation of earlier zoonotic outbreaks in The Monster at Our Door, Mike Davis sets out the epidemiological context for COVID-19 in ‘The Monster Enters’.
Along with reports from São Paulo, Mumbai and Surabaya, we publish the account of an Iranian public-health scholar on how US-led sanctions are hampering her hard-hit country’s battle against the virus, and an extract from the ground-breaking Wuhan Diary posted under lockdown by the film-maker and gender-studies scholar Ai Xiaoming. Taggart Murphy reflects on the contrasting geocultural reactions to the virus, East and West, and Marco D’Eramo measures philosophers’ denunciations of the lockdowns against capitalists’ fears of their socio-economic consequences.
Also in NLR 122
Owen Hatherley’s landmark text on the London of the Left; Michael Denning’s bravura re-reading of Marx’s political writings elucidates the historical content of impeachment as a social form; Shaohua Zhan sets out five scenarios for the 21st-century Land Question in China; plus book reviews by Christopher Bickerton, Terry Eagleton, Lola Seaton and John Merrick.[book-strip index="1" style="display"]