Hong Kong Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet. Were it not for a messenger’s stint in quarantine, Shakespeare’s play could have ended a lot more happily. Photo: Keith Hiro (HKG)
Hong Kong Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet. Were it not for a messenger’s stint in quarantine, Shakespeare’s play could have ended a lot more happily. Photo: Keith Hiro (HKG)

How quarantine killed Romeo and Juliet: Covid-19 shines new light on old stories

  • Having avoided any novel supposed to shape his experience of the pandemic, one reader realised his experience was shaping the novels he was reading
  • Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox sparked the revelation – a fable of man’s inhumanity to the natural world recast as an oddly euphoric allegory of Covid-19

Topic |   Books and literature
Hong Kong Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet. Were it not for a messenger’s stint in quarantine, Shakespeare’s play could have ended a lot more happily. Photo: Keith Hiro (HKG)
Hong Kong Ballet perform Romeo and Juliet. Were it not for a messenger’s stint in quarantine, Shakespeare’s play could have ended a lot more happily. Photo: Keith Hiro (HKG)
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