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Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007, Doris Lessing grew up in Africa – and returns to that troubled, misunderstood continent in this searing collection of short stories.
‘I believe that the chief gift from Africa to writers, white and black, is the continent itself, its presence which for some people is like an old fever, latent always in their blood; or like an old wound throbbing in the bones as the air changes. ... Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, among other creatures, in a large landscape.’
Written with all the angry compassion of first-hand knowledge, these stores reveal Africa in the raw – an Africa unknown to the vast majority of Europeans. Here is a vivid, unforgettable evocation of its sounds and smells, its stark power and savage grandeur, its agony and ultimate tragedy.
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'Forthright, incisive, controversial, 'Winter in July' shows one of our most brilliant writers grappling with a potent, untamed and bitterly divided domain. Written with all the angry compassion of first-hand knowledge, these stories reveal Africa in the raw – a place unknown to the vast majority of Europeans. Here is a vivid, strong, unforgettable evocation of a remarkable continent, its stark power and savage grandeur, its agony and ultimate tragedy.
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'Her sense of setting is so immediate, the touch and taste of her continent is so strong, that Africa seems to become the universe.'
'Doris Lessing, of all the postwar English novelists, is the foremost creative descendant of the 'great tradition' which includes George Eliot and D H Lawrence'
NEW YORK TIMES
'Lessing is a novelist of universal relevance and stature.'
'She exercises the faculty of observation with an acuity and percipience shared by few other living writers.'
HARPERS AND QUEEN
'Rich, perceptive and cruelly honest – Lessing is a chronicler of her time, and its conscience too.'
Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing', was published in 1950. Among her other celebrated novels are 'The Golden Notebook', 'The Fifth Child' and 'Memoirs of a Survivor'. She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin' and 'Walking in the Shade'. Her most recent novel is 'Alfred and Emily'.
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Book Description Grafton, 1966. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0586020810