A Great European : Doris Lessing (22.10.1919 – 17.11.2013)

    NPG x4062; Doris Lessing by Roger Mayne

    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.

    Doris Lessing

    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).


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