Briefing for a Descent into Hell. Doris Lessing.
Briefing for a Descent into Hell
Briefing for a Descent into Hell
Briefing for a Descent into Hell
Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Briefing for a Descent into Hell

London: Jonathan Cape, 1971. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Fine, Virtually Superior, copy of the first edition, first printing (slight push to the spine head), in a Fine, bright, and unfaded dust jacket,
Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature for being "that epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny". In his Presentation Speech for the Prize, Per Wästberg stated of Lessing: "Doris Lessing writes as she breathes – to approach closer the trials and revelations of our existence. Eschewing protective gloves, she grasps our reality like a grubby root vegetable, uncovering experiences we did not realize we could access. Via thousands of intimate details and in lower-case letters – dare we call them feminine? – she phrases the eternal questions of how and why we live." Lessing described "Briefing for a Descent into Hell" as a novel of inner space. The work centers on a Cambridge Professor of Classics who is found wandering without knowledge of who he is. He then is confined to a mental hospital where doctors try to bring him back to reality. However, the Professor is instead on a psychological adventure in his own mind. The Professor's journey takes him from a spinning raft in the Atlantic to a ruined stone city on a tropical island, to an outer-space journey through singing planets. As he travels in his mind through memory and the farther reaches of his imagination, his doctors try to subdue him with ever more powerful drugs in a competition for the man himself. A well-received work, the novel was shortlisted for the 1971 Booker Prize. A Fine, near Superior, copy -- the best we have seen. Fine / fine. Item #2917

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