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Book Title: Un matrimonio per bene|
The author of the book: Doris Lessing
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Date of issue: December 19th 2012
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Read full description of the books Un matrimonio per bene:In una cittadina del Sudafrica - linde case coloniali di stile vittoriano, club, eleganti viali alberati; e intorno la foresta vergine, la campagna assolata - Martha si trova a gestire il proprio matrimonio, avvenuto da pochi giorni. Martha ha lasciato la vita libera della fattoria per vivere l'elettrizzante esperienza della "città", e qui si è sposata, a diciannove anni, senza troppo interrogarsi sui suoi desideri e sul suo futuro. Presto, tuttavia, il ménage familiare e la vita sociale diventano molto più complicati di quanto non avesse supposto: il marito, unitamente agli altri giovani della colonia, si fa catturare dall'avventura della guerra e parte per un campo d'addestramento mentre nella cittadina cominciano a costituirsi dei gruppi di ispirazione socialista. Martha, rimasta sola, si trova così ad affrontare un periodo di meditazioni e di tentazioni, che la porteranno a mettere in discussione anche quel "matrimonio per bene", che solo poco tempo prima le era sembrato l'unica scelta di vita desiderabile. Storia di una crisi femminile, questo romanzo, minutamente analitico al principio, assume verso la fine un ritmo rapido e altamente drammatico. Raccontato con insolita spregiudicatezza e senza compiacimenti, cattura l'attenzione del lettore, senza lasciargli tregua.
Read information about the authorBoth of her parents were British: her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse. In 1925, lured by the promise of getting rich through maize farming, the family moved to the British colony in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Like other women writers from southern African who did not graduate from high school (such as Olive Schreiner and Nadine Gordimer), Lessing made herself into a self-educated intellectual.
In 1937 she moved to Salisbury, where she worked as a telephone operator for a year. At nineteen, she married Frank Wisdom, and had two children. A few years later, feeling trapped in a persona that she feared would destroy her, she left her family, remaining in Salisbury. Soon she was drawn to the like-minded members of the Left Book Club, a group of Communists "who read everything, and who did not think it remarkable to read." Gottfried Lessing was a central member of the group; shortly after she joined, they married and had a son.
During the postwar years, Lessing became increasingly disillusioned with the Communist movement, which she left altogether in 1954. By 1949, Lessing had moved to London with her young son. That year, she also published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, and began her career as a professional writer.
In June 1995 she received an Honorary Degree from Harvard University. Also in 1995, she visited South Africa to see her daughter and grandchildren, and to promote her autobiography. It was her first visit since being forcibly removed in 1956 for her political views. Ironically, she is welcomed now as a writer acclaimed for the very topics for which she was banished 40 years ago.
In 2001 she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain's most important distinctions, for her brilliant literary works in defense of freedom and Third World causes. She also received the David Cohen British Literature Prize.
She was on the shortlist for the first Man Booker International Prize in 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
(Extracted from the pamphlet: A Reader's Guide to The Golden Notebook & Under My Skin, HarperPerennial, 1995. Full text available on www.dorislessing.org).
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