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A novel presages a dystopian world from a pandemic worse than Covid-19

The End of October, published this April, has at its centre a fictional virus sweeping across the world, forcing people to live under indefinite lockdown, and pushing the global economy disaster.

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Dhruv Munjal  |  New Delhi 

In early April, Vulture, the American news and culture website, published an interview with Lawrence Wright. The headline simply read: “The Man Who Knew Too Much”. It was an accurate, if slightly ominous, introduction to the man and his work.

After all, Wright, a staff writer with The New Yorker, has an inexplicable hunch for all things catastrophic. In 1998, he wrote the screenplay for Denzel Washington-starrer. The Siege, an action thriller that had terrorists rampaging through New York City and setting off bombs. The film turned out to be a box-office dud, but in the wake of the ...

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First Published: Fri, June 05 2020. 21:31 IST
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