Doris Lessing: Conversations

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In these twenty-four provocative interviews, Doris Lessing talks frankly to a variety of interviewers—among them Joyce Carol Oates and Studs Terkel—about a wide range of subjects that concern her deeply. We hear about her early years in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), her involvement in Marxist politics, her views on feminism and "space fiction," and her own work, especially The Golden Notebook and The Good Terrorist. Included is a recent talk on the failure of Communism. These interviews, informed by Lessing's...
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In these twenty-four provocative interviews, Doris Lessing talks frankly to a variety of interviewers—among them Joyce Carol Oates and Studs Terkel—about a wide range of subjects that concern her deeply. We hear about her early years in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), her involvement in Marxist politics, her views on feminism and "space fiction," and her own work, especially The Golden Notebook and The Good Terrorist. Included is a recent talk on the failure of Communism. These interviews, informed by Lessing's unfailing intelligence and refreshing directness, present an invaluable and up-to-date view of the mind and art of a distinguished contemporary writer.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865380806
  • Publisher: Ontario Review Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Critical Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Talking as a Person 3
The Inadequacy of the Imagination 13
Learning to Put the Questions Differently 19
One Keeps Going 33
The Capacity to Look at a Situation Coolly 41
Creating Your Own Demand 57
Testimony to Mysticism 64
The Need to Tell Stories 70
Writing as Time Runs Out 86
Running Through Stories in My Mind 94
Placing Their Fingers on the Wounds of Our Times 102
Breaking Down These Forms 109
Acknowledging a New Frontier 120
The Habit of Observing 146
Caged by the Experts 155
Living in Catastrophe 169
Watching the Angry and Destructive Hordes Go By 173
Drawn to a Type of Landscape 178
A Writer Is Not a Professor 193
The Older I Get, the Less I Believe 200
Unexamined Mental Attitudes Left Behind by Communism 204
Reporting from the Terrain of the Mind 214
Voice of England, Voice of Africa 219
Describing This Beautiful and Nasty Planet 228
Index 241
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