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Thursday, 11 October 2007

Lessing Is More

Congratulations to Doris Lessing for winning this year's Nobel prize for literature. She is a worthy winner.

I do hope that Canada's Margaret Atwood wins one day, for her extraordinary - nearly unrivalled - contribution to poetry, prose, and critical writing. No other living writer in the English-language has so shaped their own national literature as she has, a sort of belated Yeats for Canada, say, or Ibsen. She's also an outspoken advocate for PEN, and other good causes, and a brilliant, witty public speaker.
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