For the Record: How Wuhan Diary Charts the Start of the Pandemic

In January of this year, when many of us in the Western world first learned about a mysterious illness in the Chinese city of Wuhan, a lone voice from the outbreak’s epicenter became an invaluable source of information for millions of people who didn’t know what to believe.

Fang Fang, a renowned Chinese novelist and life-long resident of Wuhan, set aside…