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The Old Chief Mshlanga

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About the Book

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Doris Lessing, a short story about a young girl’s experience of growing up in an unnamed African country.

A young white girl, growing up on her family’s farm in the African bush, recalls her encounters with the local tribal chief, Mshlanga, and the growth of her awareness of the status of those around her.

‘The Old Chief Mshlanga’ is a subtle but compelling tale of childhood, race and injustice, filled with the insight and anger that powers Doris Lessing’s most acclaimed novels.

This story also appears in the collection This Was the Old Chief’s Country.

Critical Praise

Praise for Doris Lessing:

‘Doris Lessing has changed the way we think about the world.’ Blake Morrison

‘Thank goodness for Doris Lessing. While the rest of us flounder about noisily in the muddy waters of life, she never fails to expose with startling clarity the essential folly of our dreams and good intentions.’ Kate Chisholm, Evening Standard

‘She’s up there in the pantheon with Balzac and George Eliot. We’re lucky she’s still writing.’ Lisa Appignanesi, Independent

‘Doris Lessing writes about the parts other novelists cannot reach.’ Observer

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007525737
  • ISBN 10: 0007525737
  • Imprint: Fourth Estate
  • On Sale: 28/03/2013
  • Pages: 50
  • List Price: 0.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
  • BISAC2: FICTION / General

The Old Chief Mshlanga by Doris Lessing

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