Doris Lessing (Doris May Taylor), a remarkable european writer, has died Sunday the 17th of November aged 94.
A Nobel Prize-winning author, one the most important consciences of the 20th century, and „one of the great visionary novelists of our time” as J.M.Coetzee said.
Michael Holroyd, her friend and executor :
„Her contribution to literature was outstandingly rich and innovative. Her themes have been universal and international. They ranged from the problems of post-colonial Africa to the politics of nuclear power, the emergence of a new woman’s voice and the spiritual dimensions of 20th-century civilisation. Few writers have as broad a range of subject and sympathy. She is one of those rare writers whose work crosses frontiers, and her impressively large output constitutes a chronicle of our time. She has enlarged the territory both of the novel and of our consciousness.”
- Canopus in Argos Series:
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (1980), The Sirian Experiments (1981), The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982), and Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983).
Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971), The Summer Before the Dark (1973), The Memoirs of a Survivor (1974), The Fifth Child (1988), Ben, in the World (2000), Mara and Dann: An Adventure (1999), The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (2005), The Cleft (2007), Alfred and Emily (2008).