In the colonial days and during the cold war the communists were perceived to be the enemy (not without reason). The world of spying was an extensive world, that not only focused on politicians but also on writers and singers. One of the writers who was followed was Doris Lessing, who spent many years in … Continue reading mi5 spied on doris
Often there is a close relationship between politics and writing. Some writers get kicked into jail. Others prefer to leave the country. Some get followed by the secret service. This following got the writer Doris Lessing. For many years she was followed by the British MI5 due to her communist leanings.
The South African writer J.M. Coetzee will be in Argentina next month, where he will give a seminar on two writers: One is Zoë Wicomb, the other one is Ivan Vladislavic.