Jacqueline Rose, in the words of Edward Said, has ‘no peer among critics of her generation’. In The Plague (Fitzcarraldo), Rose uses the recent experience of the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the writings of Simone Weil to investigate how we might learn to live with death when it intrudes more closely than we might like on our lived experience. Rose was in conversation about life and death with James Butler, contributing editor at the LRB.
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