I plan to write soon about the superb third novel in Doris Lessing’s Children of Violence series, A Ripple From the Storm. Meanwhile, here is a video of Bill Moyers’s “Tribute to Doris Lessing,” with excerpts from his fascinating 2003 interview with her. She speaks of being a child of World War I, of becoming a writer , of the compulsion to write, and the politics of war in Africa.
Thanks for sharing this – I think we need some positive to balance out the nasty negatives flying around at the moment!
It’s such a good interview! I’ve been rereading Lessing and she is great. People do forget this, and there is always schadenfreude when a great writer is attacked. The sad thing is that a second-tier writer like Diski, who would not have been published without Lessing’s help, can ride to fame on the basis of a post-mortem full of outrageous mistakes and twisting Lessing’s words. The general thinking is that if someone says it, it must be true!
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