Doris Lessing was a radical, in the truestÂ sense
She made her own place. She didn’t like categories. She didn’t even recognise them.
It is a sentiment about which Lessing herself left her readers and critics in little doubt. During an interview on National Public Radio in 1984, Lessing was called to account for her move into the realm of science-fictional writing. She was asked:
Do you have some sense of what the role of the writer should be? Is it to show us the world as it is, or the world as it should be, or the world as it might be?
Why do you make it “or, or, or”? It could be “and, and, and”.