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wins Nobel Prize
Henry Makiwa, SW Radio Africa
October 11, 2007
Author Doris Lessing
on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for her epic literary
works that cover feminism, politics and her youth in Zimbabwe.
Lessing blazed the trail
with her first novel, "The Grass is Singing" in 1950,
chronicling the relationship between a white farmer's wife
and her black servant. In her earliest work she drew upon her childhood
experiences in colonial Rhodesia to write about the clash of white
and African cultures and racial injustice. She criticized the white
colonialists for a sterile culture and for dispossessing native
Announcing the award
in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy said Lessing possessed "a
fire and visionary power that has subjected a divided civilization
to scrutiny." The award comes with a US $1.6 million prize.
A winner of numerous
accolades, Lessing described the latest award as a "royal
flush" when asked by journalist on Thursday.
Her work has covered
a multitude of topics and over the years she has frequently been
mentioned as a possible Nobel laureate, but she was not seen as
among the frontrunners this year.
"The Golden Notebook",
her best known work, established her as a feminist icon back in
1962, but she has consistently refused the label and says her writing
does not play a directly political role.
Born Doris May Taylor
in Khermanshah, in what is now Iran, on October 22, 1919, Lessing
spent her formative years on a farm in Southern Rhodesia, where
her British parents moved in 1925.
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