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Doris Lessing Interviewed

Via del.icio.us: The Boston Globe has an interview with Doris Lessing, in which she discusses her new novel, The Cleft, and why she’ll never win the Nobel prize:

IDEAS: Why do you think you haven’t won a Nobel Prize?

LESSING: There is something hidden here. At a big evening party in Sweden, back when my Swedish publisher was alive, a little gray chap from the Nobel Committee sat down beside me and said: “You’ll never win the Nobel Prize. We don’t like you.”

It was so graceless. What was I to say? I didn’t say anything. I’ve never found out why they don’t like me.