Doris Lessing: Conversations (Ontario Review Press Critical by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

In those twenty-four provocative interviews, Doris Lessing talks frankly to a number of interviewers--among them Joyce Carol Oates and Studs Terkel--about quite a lot of topics that drawback her deeply. We pay attention approximately her early years in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), her involvement in Marxist politics, her perspectives on feminism and "space fiction," and her personal paintings, specially The Golden Notebook and The strong Terrorist. incorporated is a contemporary speak at the failure of Communism. those interviews, educated through Lessing's unfailing intelligence and clean directness, current a useful and up to date view of the brain and artwork of a distinctive modern author.

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I met a girl in New York who said she read this book [The Four-Gated City] and she had a great burden taken off her because she was like Lynda. She suddenly realized she'd never been ill. Now this made me so happy. Terkel: The passage you read at the very beginning dealt with that specific point that she'd been told she was crazy but she wasn't really. Lessing: There are hundreds of thousands of people who have been tortured by doctors and psychiatrists in a way which they regard as so barbarous.

And this just sparked off that story. But I gather that since then things are not really much better. If you write something like that, people send you articles and comments, and I gather that the citizens of San Francisco don't know very much more than they did then. But it's quite freely discussed in other parts of the world, much more than it is in San Francisco. And that is the interesting thing about that, that we don't face the situation that is perhaps intolerable. We decide not to look at it straight.

Until these kids know that there isn't one of us who, put in a different set-up, wouldn't be brutal, savage, exploitive, they know nothing about how history works. There is no original virtue in being twenty-two on a college campus. To be young is a minimal requirement—after all, everyone's been young; it's a grace, but not a very long-lasting one. Have they, in fact, been doing their homework and looking at how many large groups of people in the world now are living in Fascist countries, to be condemned by the same standards that they use to condemn society in America?

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