Lessing, Doris. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, Fico cientfica inglesa I. Ttulo CDD - Composta, at agora, de quatro livros, nela Doris Lessing constri o mais apaixonante e tambm o mais crtico painel do drama do homem na busca de sua identidade. Para tanto, essa prodigiosa escritora recapitula em Shikasta toda a nossa histria, desde os seus primrdios at os ltimos anos do "Sculo da Destruio" o sculo XX.
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Share via Email A fallen fictional world Doris Lessing. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Shikasta, the first in what would become five science fiction novels by Doris Lessing , begins with a journey in to the pre-history of the planet Rohanda.
Johor is an emissary of the empire of Canopus, sent to help the development of Rohanda. Doris Lessing is widely recognised as one of the great literary novelists of the 20th century. But it was the Canopus in Argus sequence, identified by Lessing as her most important work, that the Nobel committee recognised when describing their author as "the epicist of the female experience".
But Lessing achieves in Shikasta exactly the thing that is so often missing from SF, and in so doing demonstrates what a strong literary imagination can achieve in a genre that, for all its big ideas, rarely manages to touch real human experience. In no literature is the faith in technological progress more solid than in science fiction. Shikasta reinvents SF as a literature of mystical speculation, exactly the philosophy the genre itself so often rejects.
Lessing does take care to emphasise the scientific basis of her speculation throughout the novel. The first human cities established by Canopus are products of pure mathematics, taking base geometrical shapes like the Square, Circle and Oval as their pattern. Beyond these cities, nature exists in a state much like the Garden of Eden.
Johor journeys to Rohanda through zone 6, a metaphysical realm crowded with the souls of the dead awaiting rebirth, much religions various versions of purgatory. Later, Johor himself reincarnates as an infant human and grows to full adulthood as one George Sherban, a messiah figure who will help humanity through the coming apocalypse.
We are, as Lessing describes the basic sickness of Shikasta, a world with "too little Spirit of We Feeling". Shikasta charts the fall of mankind, from a state of utopian paradise to the hellish conflicts of the modern world. For many readers the portrait of the modern world as a place fallen from a much higher ideal is a difficult one to accept. Our modern technological narrative is one of progress. In the words of another great SF writer, Terry Pratchett, who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel?
In Shikasta, Lessing challenges us to consider that we may be both.
Doris Lessing - Shikasta
Here she begins a series of novels, Canopus in Argos: Archives, set in some future time; novels transcending realism altogether, yet reinstating it within a space-age setting. She has created what she calls "a new world for myself," self-consistent and with infinite possibilities, "a realm where the petty fates of planets, let alone individuals, are only aspects of the rivalries and interactions of the greater galactic empires: Canopus, Sirius, and their enemy, the Empire Puttoria with its criminal planet Shammat. This book is completely different from anything she has written before. The second novel in the series to be published shortly - The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five - is again different, resembling a fable, a legend of the simplest and even the most classic sort. The third novel in the sequence, The Sirian Experiments , makes the most radical departure. It is told in the voice of a female official of the Empire of Sirius, a bureaucrat by nature and by thousands of years of experience, whose personal odyssey carries her into a new understanding of cosmic evolution.
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Shelves: sci-fi , politics , religion , gave-up-on This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: "refused-to-finish". The main problem with this book is that the writing is bad. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in literature for this series, so I had high hopes that at a minimum the prose would be good. Not even a little bit. There have been precisely two moments in the pages I This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: "refused-to-finish".
Share via Email A fallen fictional world Doris Lessing. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Shikasta, the first in what would become five science fiction novels by Doris Lessing , begins with a journey in to the pre-history of the planet Rohanda. Johor is an emissary of the empire of Canopus, sent to help the development of Rohanda. Doris Lessing is widely recognised as one of the great literary novelists of the 20th century.