Emily St. John Mandel on the Cyclical Nature of Pandemics

April 8, 2020

In the Guardian, our own Emily St. John Mandel talks to Hannah Beckerman about her latest novel, The Glass Hotel, as well as her novel from 2014, Station Eleven. When asked if the latter seems “worryingly prescient” now, she responded, “It doesn’t, but only because I read so much about pandemics when I was writing it. This is not to make light of pandemics at all—it’s a terrible situation—but this is just something that happens from time to time in human history. There have been pandemics before and there will be again. I think the unfortunate reality is that every few years Station Eleven will seem horribly relevant.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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