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Book Title: Alfred et Emily|
The author of the book: Doris Lessing
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Date of issue: March 5th 2014
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Read full description of the books Alfred et Emily:« Je crois que la colère ramenée des tranchées par mon père s’est emparée de moi très tôt et ne m’a plus jamais quittée. Les enfants ressentent-ils les émotions de leurs parents ? La réponse est oui, nous les ressentons. Et voilà un héritage dont je me serais bien passée. À quoi bon tout cela ? C’est comme si cette vieille guerre imprégnait ma mémoire, ma conscience. »Doris Lessing, prix Nobel de littérature, explore la vie de ses parents, tous deux abîmés de manière irrévocable par la Grande Guerre. Elle imagine tout d’abord la vie plus heureuse qu’ils auraient pu bâtir si la guerre n’avait pas eu lieu, avant de se livrer à un examen cinglant de leur couple tel qu’il fut en réalité dans l’ombre pesante de cette guerre.« Aujourd’hui encore, je m’efforce d’échapper à cet héritage monstrueux, pour être enfin libre », confie Doris Lessing. Avec Alfred et Emily, c’est très exactement ce qu’elle fait, et de manière éclatante.
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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