MARA AND DANN. An adventure

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" We are in Africa, now known as Ifrik. The northern hemisphere has succunibed to a new Ice Age. Two children, Mara and Dann, set forth on an odyssey... > Lire la suite
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" We are in Africa, now known as Ifrik. The northern hemisphere has succunibed to a new Ice Age. Two children, Mara and Dann, set forth on an odyssey towards the greener country on the chilly southern edge of the Mediterranean. As in all folk tales based on a journey, they pass through ordeals. They meet huge beetles whose pincers can bisect a child, lizards that can carry off a woman in their jaws, they pass through settlements and ruined cities. This skilful novel, both as adventure story and as ecological fable, displays all the vision of a muscular mind. I hope everyone reads it and it wins all the prizes ! " Victoria Glendinning, Literary Review. " Part fairy tale, part tract for our time, this is an ambitious, demanding, remarkable book. With " Mara and Dann ", Lessing has created a mythical girl and boy who are also touching and credible. Into Mara, the girl child who finds herself looking after her little brother while scarcely able to look after herself, Lessing pours all her insight into how female nature is shaped. A wise, rich, melancholy book ! ", Anne Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph. " Together Mara and Dann trace the patterns of gender and of human love from childhood to sexual maturity. Mara's adventures are female, stories of love, fertility, vulnerability and ultimately empowerment ; Dann's are darker tales of temptation and sin. Asserted throughout this gripping narrative is a belief in the indestructibility of love. A fascinating and profoundly curious novel. " Rachel Cusk, Express. " Lessing imagines in extraordinary detail how Mara slowly learns survival - how to dig up yellow roots to make flour, how to milk a half-starved cow, how to avoid the giant insects that flourish as drought and flash floods drive human beings into retreat. The reader is left elated by the epic scope of Lessing's vision of life on earth. She has produced her best book yet. " Maggie Gee, Daily Telegraph.
  • Date de parution : 01/12/1999
  • Editeur : Harper Collins publishers
  • ISBN : 0-00-655083-5
  • EAN : 9780006550839
  • Format : Poche
  • Nb. de pages : 408 pages
  • Poids : 0.295 Kg
  • Dimensions : 13,0 cm × 19,7 cm × 2,6 cm

Biographie de Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia (now Iran) in 1919 and was taken to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when she was five. She spent her childhood on a large farm there and first came to England in 1949. She brought with her the manuscript of her first novel, " The Grass is Singing ", which was published in 1950 with outstanding success in Britain, in America, and in ten European countries. Since then her international reputation not only as a novelist but as a non-fiction and short story writer has flourished. For her collection of short novels, Five, she was honoured with the 1954 Somerset Maugham Award. She was awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 1981, and the German Federal Republic Shakespeare Prize of 1982. Among her other celebrated novels are " The Golden Notebook ", " The Summer Before the Dark ", " Memoirs of a Survivor " and the five volume " Children of Violence " series. Her short stories have been collected in a number of volumes, including " To Room Nineteen " and " The Temptation of jack Orkney " ; while her African stories appear in " This Was the Old Chief's Country " and " The Sun Between Their Feet ". " Shikasta ", the first in a series of five novels with the overall title of " Canopus in Argos : Archives ", was published in 1979. Her novel " The Good Terrorist " won the W. H. Smith Literary Award for 1985, and the Mondello Prize in Italy that year. " The Fifth Child " won the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy, an award voted on by students in their final year at school. " The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 " was made into an opera with Philip Glass, libretto by the author, and premiered in Houston. Her most recent works include a novel, " Love Again " and two volumes of her autobiography, " Under My Skin " and " Walking in the Shade ".

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