After the crisis, a new world won’t emerge as if by magic. We will have to fight for it | Neal Ascherson

What will the landscape look like when we wake from the nightmare? The fantasies, and anxieties, about the future are already with us • Coronavirus latest updates • See all our coronavirus coverage The French used to be mad about the cure de sommeil – the sleep cure. Dr Jakob Klaesi of Bern invented it. Drugged, you pass out for days or even weeks. Then, cautiously, you are woken up. You are supposed to find you feel quite differently about things. Politicians insist that lockdown under coronavirus is like the experience of wartime . It’s not – except in one way, which I’ll come to. It’s so quiet, for one thing. War is noisy. Sirens, soldiers tramping past singing, Luftwaffe engines in the night sky. Continue reading...