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The books pages greeted The Grass Is Singing and its author with excitement and respect. Framed by a third-person story of a writer, Anna Wulf, and her friend Molly, the novel weaves together four of Anna's notebooks which mirror the different strands of her life — Africa, the Communist Party, a doomed love affair and her journal — to arrive at a fifthThe Golden Notebook, which binds them all together.

ByLessing had moved to London with her young son. Her observations are not always comfortable ones, and this may be one reason why she has troubled the literary and political world so much — she is a fierce writer, unafraid to speak unpalatable truths. It's a royal flush.

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Subsequent novels include The Good Terroristabout a group of revolutionaries in Londonand The Fifth Childa horror storyto which Ben, in the World is a sequel. Drawing upon her childhood memories and her serious engagement with politics and social concerns, Lessing has written about the clash of cultures, the gross injustices of racial inequality, the struggle among opposing elements within an individuals own personality, and the conflict between the individual conscience and the collective good.

That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singingand began her career as a professional writer. The list was selected by the Labor Party government to honor people in all walks of life for their contributions to their professions and to charity.

The family moved to Zimbabwe in the hope of increasing their income through maize farming.

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Her final two novels, The Cleftand Alfred and Emilyshow that she was still capable of surprises every time. During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in They married shortly after she joined the group, and had a child together Peter, born inbefore they divorced in Literary career[ edit ] At the age of 15, Lessing began to sell her stories to magazines.

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