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Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier years. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine relives part of her own experience. And in a blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna resolves to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook.
Doris Lessing's best-known and most influential novel, The Golden Notebook retains its extraordinary power and relevance decades after its initial publication.
“A work of high seriousness....Absorbing and exciting.”
-Irving Howe, New Republic
“The Golden Notebook is Doris Lessing’s most important work and has left its mark upon the ideas and feelings of a whole generation of women.”
-Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Times Book Review
“A rewarding book, and an unusually perceptive one.”
“This exciting writer has tried much, aimed high, and has paraded a galaxy of gifts.”
“No ordinary work of fiction…The technique, in a word, is brilliant.”