An incoherent man is found wandering the streets of London, at the start of Doris Lessing’s brilliant and disturbing novel about madness and release.

Thirty-seven-year-old Jake’s alter ego is his cousin Joey, a legend in their Canadian childhood neighbourhood. Nazi-hunter, adventurer and hero of the Spanish Civil War, Joey is the avenging horseman of Jake’s impotent dreams. When Jake becomes embroiled in a scandalous trial in London, England, he puts his own unadventurous life on trial as well, finding it desperately wanting as he steadfastly longs for the horseman’s glorious return.

The Booker Prize 1971
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Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing is widely considered one of the most important writers of the second half of the 20th-century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007.
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