Report on the Threatened City

Report on the Threatened City

Doris Lessing

From the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Doris Lessing, a distinctive science fiction short story.

Unknown observers send reports on a city that is threatened with destruction. They gather information on the inhabitants and their behaviour. It soon becomes clear that this is far from an alien planet.

As in many of her acclaimed science fiction novels, in ‘Report on the Threatened City’, Doris Lessing uses the traditions of this genre to examine the world we know and human nature itself, from a completely new and often unforgiving perspective.

This story also appears in the collection The Temptation of Jack Orkney.

Reviews of Report on the Threatened City

    • Praise for Doris Lessing:
    • ‘Doris Lessing has changed the way we think about the world.’ Blake Morrison
    • ‘Thank goodness for Doris Lessing. While the rest of us flounder about noisily in the muddy waters of life, she never fails to expose with startling clarity the essential folly of our dreams and good intentions.’ Kate Chisholm, Evening Standard
    • ‘She’s up there in the pantheon with Balzac and George Eliot. We’re lucky she’s still writing.’ Lisa Appignanesi, Independent
    • ‘Doris Lessing writes about the parts other novelists cannot reach.’ Observer

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