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In her 1985 CBC Massey Lectures Doris Lessing addresses the question of personal freedom and individual responsibility in a world increasingly prone to political rhetoric, mass emotions, and inherited structures of unquestioned belief. The Nobel Prize-winning…

Fifth Child

by Doris Lessing

|August 3, 1995

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’Listening to the laughter, the sounds of children playing, Harriet and David would reach for each other’s hand, and smile, and breathe happiness.’ Four children, a beautiful old house, the love of relatives and friends, Harriet and David…

On Cats

by Doris Lessing

|October 7, 2008

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Doris Lessing's love affair with cats began at a young age, when she became intrigued with the semiferal creatures on the African farm where she grew up. Her fascination with the handsome, domesticated creatures that have shared her flats and her life in London…

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Long considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing’s best collection of short stories, African Stories —a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer—is now back in print. This beautiful collection is an homage to her twenty-five years…

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Intelligent, sensitive, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents,…

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Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow…

A Proper Marriage

by Doris Lessing

|September 1, 1995

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An unconventional woman trapped in a conventional marriage, Martha Quest struggles to maintain her dignity and her sanity through the misunderstandings, frustrations, infidelities, and degrading violence of a failing marriage. Finally, she must make the…

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Two friends, two sons, two shocking and intense love affairs . . . Roz and Lil have been best friends since childhood. But their bond stretches beyond familiar bounds when these middle-aged mothers fall in love with each other's teenage…

Alfred and Emily

by Doris Lessing

|October 20, 2009

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Alfred and Emily is an intimate and revealing book by Doris Lessing, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature and author of The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook , that explores the lives of her parents, each irrevocably damaged by the Great War.…

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Love, Again tells the story of a 65-year-old woman who falls in love and struggles to maintain her sanity. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London. During the production of a play, she falls in love with a…

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« Je crois que la colère ramenée des tranchées par mon père s’est emparée de moi très tôt et ne m’a plus jamais quittée. Les enfants ressentent-ils les émotions de leurs parents ? La réponse est oui, nous les ressentons. Et voilà un héritage dont je me serais…