Thursday, October 11, 2007

And the winner is...

As you've probably heard by now, Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. According to The Local, Lessing "is the oldest person ever to win, and only the eleventh woman since it was first awarded in 1901."

The Nobel Committee has described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny." For further reading about this year's Lady of Literature, click here to read an interview with her.

I'll be posting some reviews of her work shortly, as I plan to immerse myself in as much of it as possible; I'll report my findings soon, so check back here.

And, off topic, but I don't think that ear belongs there. Good lord.


darknessatnoon said...

This is what I feared when I saw the announcement. A generation that might have been spared Doris Lessing due to one of the beneficial side-effects of historical amnesia, now feels compelled to seek out her turgid prose.

When you're ready to throw The Golden Notebook out your window, let us know.

Bibliolatrist said...

Uh-oh. I just bought three of her books - thankfully, The Golden Notebook wasn't one of them. I'll keep you updated!

darknessatnoon said...

Please do. You don't know me, but I rarely throw books at the window. Twice at most. The Golden Notebook was a particularly traumatic experience as it broke the screen.