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Book Title: De vertegenwoordiger voor planeet 8|
The author of the book: Doris Lessing
Edition: Bert Bakker
Date of issue: 1988
ISBN 13: 9789035107090
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I'm not really a very happy or "positive" person, but neither am I unaware of the fantastic hoax that attempts to convince me of the invincible hopelessness of it all... when I see the love that the people I have been blessed to meet in this life possess... when I experience their fearless creativity... the warmth comes over me...
I am reminded of this book I read years ago, about a planet that dies, full of people and life, all going to die by a gradual freezing... I remember the tediousness of the book, going on and on... it grinds, like the ice it describes that covers the world and kills off the every last thing, little by little... the people have to do it, be it... there is no avoiding any of it, nor does Lessing let the reader avoid it... which is her point, so perfectly made... she takes us to the End, a real and final End... the last three people alive, huddled together, freezing to death loving, caring for each other in the face of certain death...
I'll never lose what Lessing gave me in that moment, the truth that it is a vast mistake to live for the hope of living, instead, one can only live in the certainty of dying, and in the face of that, loving anyway, loving because that is what is really eternal.
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Read information about the authorBoth 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 www.dorislessing.org).
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