Speculative fiction writer Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize — hurrah! I first read her on my first visit to England, where we read In Pursuit of the English, about her arrival in England from South Africa (where she had lived with her family although she was born in Persia which is now Iran) and the difficulties of understanding Englishness. This the course where I also read Absolute Beginners and Lucky Jim (Amis’s best, perhaps only enjoyable book).
Of course the rhetoric of the news stories is “English author” of “literature” — we’ll just pretend that she’s uncomplicatedly of one nation, and definitely not a genre writer, oh no.
What does the woman herself say? “Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.”