In the aftermath of World War II, Martha Quest finds herself completely disillusioned. She is losing faith with the communist movement in Africa, and her marriage to one of the movement's leaders is disintegrating. Determined to resist the erosion of her personality, she engages in the first satisfactory love affair and breaks free, if only momentarily, from her suffocating unhappiness.
Landlocked is the fourth novel of Doris Lessing's classic Children of Violence sequence of novels, each a masterpiece in its own right, and collectively an incisive, all encompassing vision of our world in the twentiethcentury.
Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, the James Tait Black Prize for best biography, Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize and Prix Catalunya, and the S. T. Dupont Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature.
Lessing was born of British parents in Persia on October 22, 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949, where she published her first book, The Grass Is Singing, and began her career as a professional writer. In 1962, she broke new ground with her novel The Golden Notebook. She wrote more than thirty books—among them the novels Martha Quest, The Fifth Child, and her last work Alfred and Emily; stories, reportage, poems, and plays; and several nonfiction works, including books about cats, and two volumes of autobiography, Walking in the Shade and Under My Skin. She died on November 17, 2013. Her portrait hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery.read more
Reviews for Landlocked
Fourth book in the Children of Violence series. The Labour Party wins power in Zambesia but iis ripped apart by the tensions between the left wing supports of black emancipation and the right wing trade unionists who have traditionally prevented black people from training for skilled work. It's the Cold War, and the sentimental support engendered during WWII by the massive casualties of the Russian army on the eastern front has been replaced by fear and loathing. The British Army is turning Jews away from Palestine. The Americans and the British are supporting a right wing Greek Government that is murdering partisans. Martha's husband, the Communist Hess, has given up politics and is spending his time with a rich and powerful family, planning to marry the daughter.This is a bleak book about a terrible time. 44 million people have died. The world knows about the massacre of the Jews. Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been wiped out as an experiment, to test two types of atomic bomb.read more
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