“Nobody is going to believe this, but when I wrote The Golden Notebook, I had no idea I was writing a feminist book,” she said in a recent interview. “Because I had been putting into it the sort of thing women had been saying in their kitchen. But something said doesn’t have the effect of something written. People behaved as if I had done something amazing, yet I just wrote down what women were saying.”

American literary critic Harold Bloom called the academy’s decision “pure political correctness.”

“Although Ms. Lessing at the beginning of her writing career had a few admirable qualities, I find her work for the past 15 years quite unreadable … fourth-rate science fiction,”

Al consultarle al profesor Dunbar: “Esa es la opinión de Bloom. Es un poco injusto, Lessing ha seguido publicando ensayos, crítica y artículos muy interesantes durante todo este tiempo.”

Dicen los cronistas que la esperaron en la puerta de su casa que Lessing regresaba de hacer shopping y al enterarse de la noticia saltó en un pie (tiene 87 años) y dijo: “¡Qué excelente racha!, ¡Ya gané todos los malditos premios literarios europeos!”

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