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The author of the book: Doris Lessing
Edition: Michael Joseph
Date of issue: April 1983
ISBN: 0718122380
ISBN 13: 9780718122386
Language: English
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Femminile plurale
Romanzo davvero notevole, da un’autrice della quale non avevo mai letto nulla, a tratti delicato e molto commovente e poi, d’improvviso, crudele e spietato nell’esplorare i più reconditi impulsi dell’animo umano con una sincerità che non fa sconti e non ammette censure.

Il racconto è incentrato soprattutto sul rapporto fra due personaggi femminili agli estremi opposti della scala sociale: Janna, donna di classe, successo ed eleganza che narra in prima persona in forma di diario e Maudie una vecchina sola, malata e in miseria incontrata casualmente e, per inciso, noto che è la terza volta in poco tempo che mi capita un romanzo imperniato su un dualismo femminile di questo genere, dopo “La porta” di Magda Szabo e il molto meno convincente “La canzone di Dorotea” di Rosa Regas.

Ma rispetto a questi due esempi, molto concentrati sulla relazione fra le due protagoniste, il romanzo della Lessing ben presto si allarga a macchia d’olio su una serie di personaggi femminili tutti mirabilmente descritti, nei dettagli e nei caratteri, un’umanità prevalentemente dolente che popola le pagine di una storia che da un arco di pochi mesi va ad estendersi con naturalezza a ritroso nel tempo e negli ambienti più diversi, sempre localizzati a Londra e dintorni, benché la città rimanga sullo sfondo senza particolari connotazioni riconoscibili.

L’autrice non ricorre a facili espedienti strappalacrime limitandosi ad esporre con grande capacità espressiva, tramite lo sguardo sempre più partecipe della protagonista, le inesorabili traversie dell’esistenza umana, in particolare della vecchiaia di cui credo rappresenti uno dei documenti più efficaci, profondi e toccanti mai scritti.

E forse è proprio questo a renderne vagamente inquietante la lettura perché il decadimento fisico, raramente narrato con altrettanta spietata sincerità, si riflette inevitabilmente sull’esperienza nostra e dei nostri affetti più vicini, in un contesto mitigato dall’umanità delle numerose figure prodighe di cure e dedizione che lo popolano (chissà se oggi, una trentina di anni dopo la pubblicazione del libro, l’Inghilterra disponga ancora di un’assistenza sociale e sanitaria così articolata e capillare…), ma pur sempre permeato da un’incombente senso di morte.


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Ebook The Diary of A Good Neighbour read Online! Both 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 later 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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