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The Decameron Project Reviews

The Decameron Project by New York Times Magazine

The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic

New York Times Magazine

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Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication date: 10 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9781398502147
4 stars out of 5
27 Jan 2021

"a brilliantly varied assortment of tales"

In 1348, ten people quarantined outside Florence to escape the Black Death, and passed the time telling stories – or so Boccaccio’s Decamerongoes. In 2020, as Covid-19 changed the world as we knew it, editors at the New York Times Magazine looked for short stories that would both distract from the current moment and make it more comprehensible. The result is a brilliantly varied assortment of tales: Margaret Atwood writes from the perspective of an alien sent to Earth as part of an aid package; Colm Tóibín muses on the perfect relationship from the banks of the LA River; and Yiyun Li considers the purpose of platitudes in times of personal crisis.