Michael Arditti

Saved From the Frost

The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog

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While many novels end with a cataclysm, Doris Lessing’s latest takes the less usual step of opening with one. It is a sequel to Lessing’s 1999 novel, Mara and Dann, but, whereas the earlier book was concerned with the struggles of its young hero and heroine in a world which while derelict and strife-ridden still retained the vestiges of civilisation, the later one depicts a society that has almost completely broken down.

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