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Thursday, October 11, 2007

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"Born in Khermanshah -in what is today Iran- in 1919, she spent her early years on a farm in Southern Rhodesia. In the 1950ies she became an established and well-known writer and to test the power of a name, she published a book in the 1980s under a pseudonym, only to see it rejected. After coming forward as the author, her book was speedily published. Being fairly outspoken about the corruption and embezzlements by the government in South Africa, she was barred entry to the country in 1956, a verdict lifted in 1995 when apartheid ended."

Yes, you guessed right...now tell me something about her I don't know in the comment section...preferably in iambic pentameter!

Off you go!


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At 23:12, Blogger Doug said...

Feminists leave a man guessing:
What must I do for a blessing?
In Stockholm, they know
How to make hard love grow
It's all in the prize and your dressing.

At 00:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was in Iceland watching a flamenco show
but it was a pity when I stammered slow
asking about the five gated city

her books are great
read about mother´s fate
when the fifth child
went wild,
when the terrorist
opened her fist
to bake the bred
and then fled
and does the grass sing
in the spring?

Dough- you are better, this is as good as I get - with short notice, in english and hopefully modern

At 00:27, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, daughter, did I tell you that I am flying to Italia, Rom, tomorrow?
I am sooo excited!! Everybody, please whish me a VERY nice holiday, Life owns it to me.I think. And a french manucure.

At 00:34, Blogger Doug said...

Sabina, that was great. The following is for the sole purpose of making you laugh and feel good about your English.

Sie schriebt nicht nur für geld,
Ihre büchen sind klassisch,
Bekannt über das ganze welt
So sagt Pittiplatschisch.

At 00:35, Blogger Doug said...

Oh, und eine sicher und lieblige Reise!

At 00:44, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, maybe Stockholm is the place for you after all :)

Mom...du sollst dein Licht nicht unter dem Scheffel stellen! This was great, wonderful job and I know you read that woman a lot...and even threw some of her books in my direction.

You flying to Italy, well that's teh first I am hearing of it...still enough time to object? No, I am kidding...you have fun...life DOES owe you that. I wouldn't mind a present myself...just FYI! :)

Doug, that's the spirit....y'all share your sillinesses here, makes me look so smart! Thank you!

At 03:47, Anonymous quilly said...

She has a Golden Notebook. It is also on record that she didn't have A Proper Marriage. On top of that, she divorced Wisdom. Perhaps that explains why she thinks The Grass Is Singing and that it's safe to Play With a Tiger (which also might explain why she was able to share her Memoirs As A Survivor). What I really find remarkable is that she wrote about The Fifth Child, but gave birth to only three.

At 03:49, Anonymous quilly said...

Btw, Doug, she chose not to align herself with the feminist movement. However, both the feminists and the critic have tried to secure her there.

At 10:06, Blogger Biene said...

Quilly: great! Applause!

At 10:33, Blogger Minka said...

Quilly, you got the right one. I do think she was a feminist, although she herself admits never having tried to be one. She divirced twice, raised her last child on her own, involved herself in politics, wrote for income...yep steeped in tradtional values that one ;)
You don't have to follow the guidelines of the rather eccentric feminist party, to be an empowered woman. I guess it depends on our very own definition of feminism, and in mine she definitely was one.

Mom, look at who found her login and password again, I miss that bee avatar in my comment section ;)

At 13:05, Blogger AP3 said...

She has a birthday in a couple days
Now is the perfect time to sing her praise

At 16:10, Blogger G said...

If Horace and Morris
joined the chorus
would they read a book by...
I think so.

Actually that's a reference to a title of one of Julian's books, Horace and Morris Join the Chorus. Thank you for the education - I have added her to my reading list.

At 19:33, Blogger Minka said...

Ap3, yep and yep! I am celebrating her.

G, she is well worth the read. her earlier works in particular. That of course is only my opinion though!

At 11:23, Blogger Theresa said...

Ooh, she was just in the news. I'm afraid I haven't read any of her books, so I'll be off to the library to see if I can find any.

At 21:41, Blogger Nessa said...

Sadly, I don't know her, even when I looked her up. I am a poor excuse for a reader.

At 22:42, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Let's all sing a chorus for old lady D____s.

I admit I did not know who in the world this lady was.
I did a bit of Googling to find out.
This brain teaser TOTALLY stumped me.
Her book rejection shows just how difficult it is to get a big publisher to give one's work a serious look.

At 23:14, Blogger Minka said...

Theresa, definitely do if you get the chance.

nessa, she just won teh Nobel prize for Literature and she lives in London ;)

Jamie Dawn, now you know how I feel every day. Iceland is my Publishing company. All that matters here, is your name and who you are related to...to make it.

At 20:53, Anonymous neva said...

whoa -- thinking this was a good week for me to be "absent". not too familiar with this fabulous author, but with a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, i'm quite certain it's time for me to crack open one of her books!

well done, lovely Penguin! and WELL DONE to all who left such clever comments, opening up more than one hint DOOR and helping me to figure out who your mystery guest was in the first place. that said, i am SO relieved to know i'm not the only one around here with LESS than a stellar knowledge of world-class authors! xox

At 03:51, Blogger Diesel said...

Stephen King?

At 09:07, Blogger Minka said...

neva, well what else am I hear for but to educate the masses? I couldn't even type that without smiling at my pretension :) Subtly hinted,too :)

Diesel, ummmm...you mean after a sex change operation? this woman did write sci-fi in her later years... I just never saw the connection! No it's not Stephen King, you buffoon! ;)


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