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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to late Doris Lessing

November 19, 2013

L’Osservatore Romano has published a tribute to Doris Lessing, the British writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007 and died on November 17.

Writing in the Vatican newspaper, Giulia Galeotti referred to Lessing as “our tormented great-grandmother” – a great-grandmother whom “we had first loved, then challenged and nearly rejected.”

“Most commentators have described Doris Lessing as the one who placed feminism in literature, or who elevated feminism in literature,” Galeotti added. “To us, however, it seems that she has been, par excellence, the one who sang of torment, rather than the one who sang of women.”


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