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Doris Lessing Returns to the Africa of Her Childhood

Book critic John Leonard reviews "African Laughter," Lessing's memoir of the four times she visited the country of her birth--now called Zimbabwe--and her impressions of its changing social and political climate.



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Other segments from the episode on October 12, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 12, 1992: Interview with Stephanie Coontz; Interview with Ron Walters; Review of Doris Lessing's book "African Laughter."


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