[Item #5368] The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera. Doris Lessing.
The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera
The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera
The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera
The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera
The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera

The Memoirs of a Survivor with: Ephemera

ISBN: 0394496337
New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1975. First American Edition. Hardcover. "Doris Lessing's new book is a darkly visionary novel set in the not-so-distant future when men, women, and even young children are fighting for survival in a world that is swiftly falling apart. Mrs. Lessing calls this book "an attempt at autobiography," but it is also a fable, a magical tale describing the charged emotional atmosphere a few years from now, when barbarism is the norm and each of us has to struggle to survive." (from front flap) The sixth novel by Doris Lessing (1919-2013), the great & astoundingly prolific British author, among whose many distinctions was as the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature up to that time in its prestigious history (2007, at age 88). This disturbingly dystopian work may be considered within Lessing's "Sufi," or "inner-space" science fiction phase which blossomed during the 1970s. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $6.95 price printed on front flap, "6/75" on rear flap), "First American Edition" as stated on copyright page, preceded the previous year (1974) by the first UK edition. We found & have retained, between rear endpaper & pastedown, a contemporary review of this novel by Melvin Maddocks in the June 16, 1975 issue of Time magazine, single leaf (pgs. 79-80) folded once horizontally, in generally fine condition with moderate browning, faint creasing & some irregular edges/corners. In his laudatory review, Maddocks writes: "The Memoirs of a Survivor is an extraordinary and compelling meditation about the enduring need for loyalty, love and responsibility in an unprecedented time that places unbearable demands upon people. It is also a panicked intuition turned into a tentative myth. To ask it to have a conclusion, or even an ending, is to ask too much. The future is less a theme than an obsession for Mrs. Lessing. With all the force and all the limitations of one possessed, she has written a visionary's history of the future- that nightmare from which she is trying to awaken." (pg. 79) A classic Lessing collectible, perhaps prophetic from our perspective a half-century later as of this writing, in its second-rarest original form & with enriching ephemera. Book in very fine condition with only light rubbing, browning at/near edges & corners of off-white cloth front, back covers & spine (gilt letters, graphics on spine mostly bright & completely intact); a touch of browning to side & lower edges of text block (both untrimmed as issued); very slight rubbing & some very small fade-spots at purple-dyed upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only slight browning to blank white paste-downs & endpapers, otherwise virtually mint. Dust jacket fine with mild rubbing, browning & occasional faint creasing to front, back covers, spine & flaps; slight wear & a some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; one small area of medium rubbing at blank white portion of back cover near lower right edge, spine-edge & corner. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #5368]

Price: $75.00

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