RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - If you are tired of scrolling Facebook or watching disaster movies on Netflix, another solution for lockdown tedium is to read a book. And if you, like many others, are unable to pretend the Covid-19 situation is not happening, you probably want a book that is at least in some way connected to the current world health crisis.

Fortunately, there are many great novels that are based around epidemics and something is available for all tastes. One of the oldest plague stories is 'The Decameron' by Boccaccio, which was written just after the Black Death . . .

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