Friday, October 12, 2007

Doris Lessing wins Nobel Prize

Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, reports BBC News.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, described Lessing as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".

"Oh good, did they say that about me?" she replied. "Oh goodness, well obviously they like me better now than they used to."
There's coverage across the media, including in The Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph and from Boyd Tonkin in The Independent.
The novelist and poet Helen Dunmore welcomed a "fantastic" choice. "It's a recognition of the range and depth of her work Рwhich is hugely enjoyable, but she has also rearranged everyone's mental furniture," she said. To the novelist Mich̬le Roberts, Lessing's Nobel should inspire writers "to believe that you can get to grips with the very, very complicated world we live in and make pictures of it. And it's great to see a woman writer doing that."

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