The last time author Doris Lessing ventured to South Africa was in 1956, when two policemen escorted her back to her plane and told her never to set foot in the country again.
Once shunned because of her Communist Party membership and outspoken criticism of apartheid, Lessing is now being welcomed here as a writer acclaimed for seeking to break down barriers - social, cultural, sexual and literary.
She arrived in South Africa last week primarily to visit her daughter and two granddaughters. But because the trip coincides with the South African launch of her autobiography, “Under My Skin,” she has squeezed a few speaking engagements and interviews into her schedule.
Lessing was born in Persia, now Iran, in 1919 and grew up on a farm in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.