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Re: Colonised Planet 5: Shikasta

(1979)
(The first book in the Canopus in Argos: Archives series)
A novel by

 
Doris Lessing's celebrated space fiction set in an extraordinary cosmos where the fate of the Earth is influenced by the rivalries and interactions of three powerful galactic empires. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection. The story of the final days of our planet is told through the reports of Johor, an emissary sent from Canopus. Twentieth-century Earth, named 'Shikasta, the stricken' by the kindly, paternalistic Canopeans who colonised it many centuries ago, is under the influence of the evil empire of Puttiora. War, famine, disease and environmental disasters ravage the planet. To Johor, mankind is a 'totally crazed species', racing towards annihilation: his orders to save humanity set him what seems to be an impossible task. Blending myth, fable and allegory, Doris Lessing's astonishing visionary creation both reflects and redefines the history of our own world from its earliest beginnings to an inevitable, tragic self-destruction.

    

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Hardback Editions

November 1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: Shikasta: Re-colonised Planet 5 (Canopus in Argos)
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-224-01767-5 / 978-0-224-01767-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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October 1979 : USA Hardback
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Title: SHIKASTA (Canopus in Argos: Archives)
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-394-50732-0 / 978-0-394-50732-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

August 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shikasta (Voyager Classics): Re-colonised Planet 5
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-712776-6 / 978-0-00-712776-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
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March 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shikasta Re: Colonised Planet 5
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-00-654719-2 / 978-0-00-654719-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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August 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International)
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-394-74977-4 / 978-0-394-74977-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 1981 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shikasta: Re-colonised Planet 5 (Voyager Classics)
Author(s): Doris Lessing
ISBN: 0-586-05310-7 / 978-0-586-05310-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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Kindle Editions

November 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5 (Vintage International)
Author(s): Doris Lessing
Publisher: Vintage
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