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Date of issue: 1997
ISBN: 9035119002
ISBN 13: 9789035119000
The author of the book: Doris Lessing
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.49 MB
Edition: Bakker

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This was a fascinating read from a fascinating writer who not only lived to be 94 but seemed to have lived each of her years with passion and an open-minded spirit, a sense of deep self-questioning and also an attempt to never give up. This is the second of Lessing's autobiographies that begins in 1949 on her arrival from Africa, taking the reader through the different stages of her struggles to make a living in post-war London and then carve her path towards international recognition as an author. 'Writing these memories, I learned a good deal about memory's little tricks, most of all how it simplifies, tidies up, makes sharp contrasts of light and shade.' She muses about the difficulties to give an account of her life as honestly and as fearlessly as possible yet with the knowledge that her recollections may and would clash with those of her contemporaries. With that idea in mind, I found the book to be very interesting, especially her stories about the writing process and how she managed to face the difficulties as a single mother. 'Writing any book changes you: this has to be so, if you think about it', she writes at some point, commenting on the impact the creation of some of her novels has had on her life (especially 'The Golden Notebook') which
makes me want to revisit some of her work again, especially her earlier short stories and her very first novel 'Martha Quest'. This lady certainly had determination and grit!

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Ebook In de schaduw: autobiografie, 1949-1962 read Online! Both of her parents were British: her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse. In 1925, lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school (such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer), Lessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual.

In 1937 she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and had two children. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists "who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read." Gottfried Lessing was a central member of the group; shortly after she joined, they married and had a son.

During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in 1954. By 1949, Lessing had moved to London with her young son. That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, and began her career as a professional writer.

In June 1995 she received an Honorary Degree from Harvard University. Also in 1995, she visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography. It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in 1956 for her political views. Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago.

In 2001 she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain's most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes. She also received the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

(Extracted from the pamphlet: A Reader's Guide to The Golden Notebook & Under My Skin, HarperPerennial, 1995. Full text available on

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