Synopses & Reviews
In her visionary novel Mara and Dann
(published in 1999), Doris Lessing introduced us to a brother and sister battling through a future landscape where the climate is much changed -- colder than ever before in the north and unbearably dry and hot in the south. In this new novel the odyssey continues.
Dann is grown up now, hunting for knowledge and despondent over the inadequacies of his civilization, traveling with his friend, a snow dog who brings him back from the depths of despair. And we meet Mara's daughter and Griot with the green eyes, an abandoned child-soldier who, in this strange and captivating adventure, discovers the meaning of love and the ability to sing stories.
Like its predecessor, this brilliant new novel from one of our greatest living writers explains as much about the world we now live in as it does about the future we may be heading toward.
“Haunting.” Calgary Herald
“Exquisite prose . . . [Lessing] has imagined a world unlike any other in science-fiction literature.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A fascinating story by a brilliant writer... Lessings prose is straightforward, uncomplicated and clear. Her characters are complex and vivid.” Providence Journal
“Exquisitely told.” Booklist
“[Full of] Lessings acute observations . . . this dystopia, underscored by its reluctant heros existential dilemma . . . resembles a classical myth.” Publishers Weekly
The visionary saga of "Mara and Dann," published in 1999, introduced readersto a brother and sister battling through a future landscape where the climateis much changed--colder than ever in the north, and unbearably dry and hot inthe south. Now grown, their saga continues.
About the Author
Doris Lessing is one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time. Her most recent books include The Sweetest Dream, The Grandmothers, and the two volumes of her autobiography, Under My Skinand Walking in the Shade. She has recently been awarded the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize, and the S. T. Dupont Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature, as well as a whole host of other prestigious international awards. She lives in north London.