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The Memoirs of a Survivor

by Doris Lessing

In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman -- middle-aged and middle-class -- is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. This book, which the author has called "an attempt at autobiography," is that woman's journal -- a glimpse of a future only slightly more horrendous than our present, and of the forces that alone can save us from total destruction.

On Cats

by Doris Lessing

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 remained undiminished, and grew into real love with the awkwardly lovable El Magnifico, the last cat to share her home. On Cats is a celebrated classic, a memoir in which we meet the cats that have slunk and bullied and charmed their way into Doris Lessing's life. She tells their stories--their exploits, rivalries, terrors, affections, ancient gestures, and learned behaviors--with vivid simplicity. And she tells the story of herself in relation to cats: the way animals affect her and she them, and the communication that grows possible between them--a language of gesture and mood and desire as eloquent as the spoken word. No other writer conveys so truthfully the real interdependence of humans and cats or convinces us with such stunning recognition of the reasons why cats really matter.

Un paseo por la sombra

by Doris Lessing

1949-1962. En esos años Doris Lessing llega a Inglaterra con su hijo pequeño y los bolsillos vacíos, pero con el manuscrito de su primera novela en la maleta. En este volument Lessing nos relata su vida en Londres, su experiencia como joven escritora, cómo consigue salir adelante, sus pensamientos sobre el amor, el dinero, la política y cuáles han sido sus fuentes de inspiración para ser escritora. Una obra en la que su hornadez y sinceridad estremecen en todo momento.

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside

by Doris Lessing

The celebrated author explores new ways to view ourselves and the society we live in, and gives us fresh answers to such enduring questions as how to think for ourselves and understand what we know.

A Proper Marriage

by Doris Lessing

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 heartbreaking choice of whether to sacrifice her child as she turns her back on marriage and security. A Proper Marriage is the second novel in Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence series of novels, each a masterpiece on its own right, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.

The Real Thing

by Doris Lessing

The stories and sketches in this collection penetrate to the heart of human experience with the passion and intelligence readers have come to expect of Doris Lessing. Most of the piece are set in contemporary London, a city the author loves for its variety, its diversity, its transitoriness, the way it connects the life of animals and birds in the parks to the streets. Lessing's fiction also explores the darker corners of relationships between women and men, as in the rich and emotionally complex title story, in which she uncovers a more parlous reality behind the facade of the most conventional relationship between the sexes.

A Ripple From the Storm

by Doris Lessing

Martha Quest, the embodied heroine of the Children of Violence series, has been acclaimed as one of the greatest fictional creations in the English language. In a Ripple from the Storm, Doris Lessing charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, following Martha through World War II, a grotesque second marriage, and an excursion into Communism. This wise and starling novel perceptively reveals the paradoxes, passions, and ironies rooted in the life of twentieth-century Anglo-Africa. A Ripple from the Storm is the third novel in Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and, taken together, an incisive and all-encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.

Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5

by Doris Lessing

This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectivelyCanopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta-clearly the planet Earth-to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation.

Stories

by Doris Lessing

This major collection contains all of Doris Lessing's short fiction, other than the stories set in Africa, from the beginning of her career until now. Set in London, Paris, the south of France, the English countryside, these thirty-five stories reflect the themes that have always characterized Lessing's work: the bedrock realities of marriage and other relationships between men and women; the crisis of the individual whose very psyche is threatened by a society unattuned to its own most dangerous qualities; the fate of women.

Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog

by Doris Lessing

Dann is grown up now, hunting for knowledge and despondent over the inadequacies of his civilization. With his trusted companions-Mara's daughter, his hope for the future; the abandoned child-soldier Griot, who discovers the meaning of love and the ability to sing stories; and the snow dog, a faithful friend who brings him back from the depths of despair-Dann embarks on a strange and captivating adventure in a suddenly colder, more watery climate in the north.

The Summer Before the Dark

by Doris Lessing

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman's life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age. As the summer begins, Kate Brown--attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children--has no reason to expect that anything will change. But by summer's end the woman she was--living behind a protective camouflage of feminine charm and caring--no longer exists. The Summer Before the Dark takes us along on Kate's journey: from London to Turkey to Spain, from husband to lover to madness, on the road to a frightening new independence and a confrontation with herself that lets her finally and truly come of age.

The Sweetest Dream

by Doris Lessing

Frances Lennox ladles out dinner every night to the motley, exuberant, youthful crew assembled around her hospitable tableher two sons and their friends, girlfriends, ex-friends, and ftesh-off-the-street friends. It's the early 1960s and certainly "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." Except financial circumstances demand that Frances and her sons Eve with her proper ex-mother-in-law. And her ex-husband, Comrade Johnny, has just dumped his second wife's problem child at Frances's feet. And the world's political landscape has suddenly become surreal beyond imagination.... Set against the backdrop of the decade that changed the world forever, The Sweetest Dream is a riveting look at a group of people who dared to dream-and faced the inevitable cleanup afterward -- from one of the greatest writers of our time.

The Temptation of Jack Orkney and other Stories

by Doris Lessing

In this, her first collection of stories in seven years, Doris Lessing looks into those irrevocable moments of decision when men and women are, through their own actions, either liberated from or imprisoned by the sanctions of society. An old woman, poorer than poor, keeping barely alive in a condemned house, is offered the shelter of an old people's home if she will part with her faithful cat. A little diamond cutter risks his livelihood to disconcert a modern merchant prince's daughter by making her a gift of a rare pearl. An African adventurer goes "native," to the uncomprehending horror of his fellow whites. An elderly gentleman guiltily plucks the deadheads off the geraniums in Regent's Park. Visitors from outer space, reporting on a threatened city, conclude reluctantly that society itself is anesthetized against warnings of disaster, and that only the derelicts, the criminals, the madwthe outcasts who are unable (unwilling) to conform--will have the flexibility to survive the cataclysm. Yet from time to time, even among those whose lives are worldly and "successful," the impulse to self-knowledge, to the recognition of reality, breaks through. At a crucial instant in his middle years, Jack Orkney, a complex and seasoned radical, becomes suddenly aware that he is in "a state of acute attention, as if his whole being --memory, body, present and past chemistries-- had been assaulted by a warning, a terror associ (ated with the knowledge of passing time." And an aging, once beautiful actress acknowledges in the silence that now surrounds her that "this is wh,t I was born for, this is what I am, to fight embodie, sleep, putting around it a continuing girdle light, of intelligence, so that it cannot spread slow stain of ugliness .... "

Through the Tunnel

by Doris Lessing

Vacationing at the seashore, a young boy's endurance is tested to the limit when he tries to swim through an underwater tunnel.

Walking in the Shade

by Doris Lessing

The second volume of Doris Lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, Peter, and the manuscript for her first novel, The Grass is Singing, under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, The Golden Notebook. She describes how communism dominated the intellectual life of the 1950s and how she, like nearly all communists, became disillusioned with extreme and rhetorical politics and left communism behind. Evoking the bohemian days of a young writer and single mother, Lessing speaks openly about her writing process, her friends and lovers, her involvement in the theater, and her political activities. Walking in the Shade is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education.

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