The Memoirs of a Survivor
By Doris May Lessing
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780394757599, 213pp.)
Publication Date: April 12, 1988
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In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman -- middle-aged and middle-class -- is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. This book, which the author has called "an attempt at autobiography," is that woman's journal -- a glimpse of a future only slightly more horrendous than our present, and of the forces that alone can save us from total destruction.