When the Chinese Communist Party announced the lifting of the lock in Wuhan, Wang Fang sat on his keyboard, as he had done for the previous 60 evenings.
“I had a good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith,” wrote the Chinese novelist, quoting from the Bible.
Now her online chronicle of the life, suffering and death on the ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic – which has been read by millions of people in China – has made her the target of Beijing’s anger as Wuhan reopens.
Wang, 64, who comes from a prominent family and writes under the pen name Fang Fang, was already well known for his work on society’s underdogs when the virus hit his city.
Every evening during the long