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Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel for Literature

Congratulations! Let's hope 2008 is Haruki Murakami's year.

The British author Doris Lessing has won the 2007 Nobel prize for literature. Lessing, who is only the 11th woman to win literature's most prestigious prize in its 106-year history, is best known for her 1962 postmodern feminist masterpiece, The Golden Notebook.

Lessing was born in Iran (then Persia) in 1919 to British parents and grew up in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). Self-educated from the age of 15, she moved to England in 1949. In 1950 she published her first novel, The Grass is Singing, an exploration of the relationship between a married white Rhodesian woman and her black houseboy. Her razor-sharp dissection of the fear and power that she saw as underlying the white colonial experience made the book an instant success.

She continued to draw on the experiences of her childhood in her semi-autobiographical series, Children of Violence (1952-1969), which is also set largely in Africa. In these five novels, the themes which would later come to dominate Lessing's work come strongly to the fore. The series provides a portrait of the awakening and development of its central character, Martha Quest, over the course of an imagined 20th century which ends with the globe in the grip of a third world war. By combining a literary brand of science fiction with a stringent, pioneering brand of feminism, Lessing gave a glimpse of the qualities for which she was to become famous.

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The manner in which she discovered this news was hilarious. She was climbing out of a black car, and as she began her progress on foot, a woman approached. This report was last night so the details I give are not 100% accurate, still I can give the basics of the encounter.

"Have you heard the news?" "What is it?" "You have just won the Nobel prize for literature." "Oh rats," she grumbled, then continued on with her progress.

Congratulations to her.

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