Doris Lessing is one of the most important English writers of our day. Along with Americas Mary McCarthy and Frances Simone de Beauvoir, she is one of that extraordinary company of women whose strong insights into the nature of intellectual life today command international interest and admiration.
Two years ago her novel The Golden Notebook was published to a burst of acclaim from American and English critics (some of their comments are quoted on the back of this jacket).
The Golden Notebook moved and astonished readers by its outpouring of image and feeling, by its courage, but its honesty. In A Man and Two Women, the same powerful artistry deepens the story form - giving it unexpected emotional force.
The stories are set in England and Africa. There is a variety of background and mood, but certain themes suggest themselves again and again: the bedrock realities of marriage, the dilemmas of the individual in a fluid society, the fate of woman.
Doris Lessing has given us a brilliant and important book.