Radical ideology struggles against a bourgeois upbringing as a conscience rebels in Doris Lessing’s compelling revolutionary satire

In contemporary London, a loose-knit group of political vagabonds form an ill-defined and volatile underground. Drifting from one cause to the next, they occupy abandoned houses, demonstrate and picket, devise strategies to fit situations that may or may not arise. But, within this world, one small group of men and women - whose deepest conviction seems to rest in a sense of their own largely untested radicalism - is moving inexorably toward active terrorism.

The Booker Prize 1985
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Jonathan Cape
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Doris Lessing

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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Other nominated books by Doris Lessing

The Sirian Experiments
Briefing for a Descent into Hell