The Paper Lantern: Timely and considered account of a country in crisis

Book review: Will Burns’s novel highlights inequalities and issues of modern society

The Paper Lantern by Will Burns manages to chart and interrogate the public mood and understanding of the Covid-19 crisis even as it is still unfolding

The Paper Lantern by Will Burns manages to chart and interrogate the public mood and understanding of the Covid-19 crisis even as it is still unfolding

“A generation of people who had always struggled to define themselves against the terms of their parents’ totemic conflicts finally had their own war.”

Still in the middle of battle, it feels too early to read a novel set in contemporary times. There is no distance for the writer, no hindsight, no chance to properly reflect on what the poet Will Burns refers to in his debut novel as the “privations and anxieties and traumas barely imaginable only a short time previously”.

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