Doris Lessing, a Literature Nobel laureate (2007), has passed away. She died peacefully at her London home.
Born in Iran in 1919, Lessing was raised in Zimbabwe but she moved to Britain with her first novel "The Grass Is Singing" about a white farmer's wife and her black servant. It was an immediate bestseller in Britain, Europe and America. Her early stories and novella regret the dispossession of black Africans by the whites and expose the sterility of the white culture in southern Africa. It got her "prohibited alien" status in white-ruled Zimbabwe and South Africa.
But she got global fame with her 1962 novel "The Golden Notebook" with its unconventional style, and linked her firmly to feminism. Its female heroine, Anna Wulf, is a writer caught in a personal and artistic crisis who views her life partitioned into various roles.