AFRICAN LAUGHTER: Four Visits to Zimbabwe.
New York: Harper Collins, (1992) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Lessing - who was awarded the 2007 Nobel prize for literature - writes about four visits she makes to her homeland - 1982, 882, 89 and 92 - after 25 years of exile by the former white government of Rhodesia. She discusses every aspect of life there - from political corruption to lost animals in the bush, AIDS to communal enterprises by rural black farmers and more - but mostly she evokes "the marvellous African laughter born somewhere in the gut, seizing the whole body with good-humoured philosophy. It is the laughter of poor people." SIGNED on the half title page. Maps, glossary. xii, 442 pp. ISBN: 0-060168544.