Sunday, January 07, 2007

Doris Lessing's New Book

The Cleft was released in the UK and available for pre-order here via

I'm excited because it seems to offer the same blend of feminism and sci-fi I've always found so intruiging in her work. (Not so much with The Golden Notebook, but certainly with the Canopus in Argos series and definitely The Fifth Child. If you haven't read FC yet, go do so now. Short but damn did it blow me away.

Her website describes The Cleft as such:

An old Roman senator, contemplative at his late stage of life, embarks on what will likely be his last endeavour: the retelling of the story of human creation. He recounts the history of the Clefts, an ancient community of women living in an Edenic, coastal wilderness, confined within the valley of an overshadowing mountain. The Clefts have no need nor knowledge of men - childbirth is controlled, like the tides that lap around their feet, through the cycles of the moon, and their children are always female. But with the unheralded birth of a strange, new child - a boy - the harmony of their community is suddenly thrown into jeopardy. In this fascinating and beguiling novel, Lessing confronts head-on the themes that inspired much of her early writing: how men and women, two similar and yet thoroughly distinct creatures, manage to live side by side in the world, and how the specifics of gender affect every aspect of our existence.


Blogger Gardenia said...

Sounds like good reading. Especially if there is some clue as to how men and women can live in proximity without pain!

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