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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780060976651
SKU 30004635
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0060976659
Release Date 10/1/1995
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Author Info
Doris May Lessing
Doris Lessing was born in the area that was then Persia, later Iran. Her father, a farmer, subsequently moved the family to Rhodesia (later Zimbabwe), where she reluctantly attended the Roman Catholic Convent Girls' High School. As soon as she was able, Lessing left school and began working, first as a nursemaid and then as a secretary and typist. She married and had two children with Frank Charles Wisdom, but left them in 1943. Her politics grew increasingly left-wing, and she became involved in several activist groups, which she documents fictionally in her autobiographical Martha Quest series. For several years she was a member of the Communist Party but became increasingly disillusioned and left it altogether in 1954. Many of her early fiction works, set in Africa, have been implicit criticisms of racism; in 1956, Lessing was declared a prohibited alien in South Africa (and didn't return until 1995, when she traveled there to visit her daughter and grandchildren). Lessing's most celebrated novel by far is THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK (1962), an experimental work in which a woman's multiple selves are presented as she tries to find a way out of her emotionally stunted life in a hypocritical society. In addition to writing fiction and autobiography, Lessing has experimented with a form of science fiction she calls "inner-space fiction"; she has also collaborated with the composer Philip Glass, providing the librettos for two operas based on her works and has written extensively about her love of cats, in PARTICULARLY CATS and "...AND RUFUS. In 1995, Lessing received an honorary degree from Harvard University.
"Martha did not believe in violence. [Yet] Martha was the essence of violence, she has been conceived, bred, fed and reared on violence...because she had been born at the end of one world war, and had spent all her adolescence in the atmosphere of preparations for another which had lasted five years and had inflicted such wounds on the human race that no one had any idea of what the results would be."
"Martha Quest is scrupulously depicted not only in her tormented relationship with her personal problems and schizoid dualities, but with her country, the vast turgid Africa of the white and the black...."
"Mrs. Lessing stands out sharply as one of the finest chroniclers of this period in history....She communicates her sense of the age in which she has lived and is living."
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Annotation Martha Quest and Anton, while still married, live separately. It is the close of World War II; Jewish refugees continue to come to Rhodesia, and Martha has a romantic affair with one, Thomas Stern from Poland. Stern, however, leaves, and travels to Israel; upon his return to Africa, he decides to live with the natives.
Editors Note In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movements leaders is disintegrating. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the fist satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if only momentarily, from her suffocating unhappiness. Landlocked is the fourth novel of Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and collectively an incisive, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentieth century.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0347
Publisher Harper Perennial
Series Part 04

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