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Der Standard - Austria | 12/10/2007

A late tribute to Doris Lessing

Christian Schachinger thinks it's scandalous that Doris Lessing is only the eleventh woman to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. "It may well be that even for the 87-year-old English writer the Nobel Prize comes too late, but at least it's consistent - consistent with the Swedish Academy's policy, which doesn't always focus on the artistic merits but rather on the politics. This year's choice of prize-winner is testimony to the academy's double bad conscience. It honours not only a political woman, but also a feminist - albeit often against her will. The decision also revives a long forgotten, unfortunate term: 'women's literature'. Back in the 1970s this term led to involuntary marginalisation. The enemy in bed refused to touch pivotal feminist novels like Lessing's 'The Golden Notebook' with a bargepole, never mind analyse them."

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