The Grass Is Singing

The Grass Is Singing is the first novel, published in 1950, by the British author Doris Lessing. It takes place in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in southern Africa, during the 1940s and deals with the racial politics between whites and blacks in that country (which was then a British Colony). It follows an emotionally immature woman’s hasty marriage to an unsuccessful farmer, and her ensuing mental deterioration, her murder, and the colonial British society’s reactions to it. The novel created a sensation when it was first published and became an instant success in Europe and the United States. A Swedish-made adaptation, Grset Sjunger, was filmed in English in 1981.


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by Doris Lessing