African Stories

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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 spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life.

This is Doris Lessing’s Africa—where she lived for twenty-five years and where so much of her interest and concern still resides. Here in these ...

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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 spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life.

This is Doris Lessing’s Africa—where she lived for twenty-five years and where so much of her interest and concern still resides. Here in these stories, Lessing explores the complexities, the agonies and joys, and the textures of life in Africa.

First published in 1965, and out of print since the 1990s, this collection contains much of Ms. Lessing’s most extraordinary work. It is a brilliant portrait of a world that is vital to all of us—perceived by an artist of the first rank writing with passion and honesty about her native land.

African Stories includes every story Doris Lessing has written about Africa: all of her first collection, This Was the Old Chief’s Country; the four tales about Africa from Five; the African stories from The Habit of Loving and A Man and Two Women; and four stories featured only in this edition.

African Stories represents some of Doris Lessing’s best work—and is an essential book by one of the twentieth century’s most important authors.

Lessing is one of fiction's legendary voices. Here are all her stories about her native land, Africa, and its complexities.

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Editorial Reviews

Newsweek
"Her sense of setting is so immediate, the touch and taste of her continent is so strong, that Africa seems to become the universe."
Saturday Review
"...the author's love of that land and yearning for it are manifest; her description brings it to life with rare brilliance."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671428099
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 11/28/1981
  • Edition description: 1st Touchstone ed
  • Edition number: 66
  • Pages: 666

Meet the Author

Doris  Lessing
Doris May Lessing is a British novelist, poet, playwright, biographer, and short story writer. She is the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her works include: The Grass Is Singing; a five novel sequence collectively entitled Children of Violence; The Golden Notebook; The Good Terrorist; and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Doris May Tayler (birth name), Jane Somers (pseudonym)
    2. Hometown:
      London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1919
    2. Place of Birth:
      Persia (now Iran)
    1. Date of Death:
      November 17, 2013
    2. Place of Death:
      London, England

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