Dipsolitteraten skrev som en kommentar til mitt forrige innlegg at Doris Lessing en gang hadde fått prisen som Årets Budeie i Norge, og at det visstnok var en av de gjeveste prisene hun har fått, i følge henne selv. Årets Budeie utmerkelsen kan du lese om her. Lessing fikk prisen i 1995.
Jeg fant talen som ble holdt for Doris Lessing da hun fikk utmerkelsen, og den er litt søt, så her kommer den:
Dear Doris Lessing,
There is a beautiful idea behind this award which I now will present to you.
The idea is to link the story of women who walked the paths here before us, to our times, and to us. These women were hard working. They were living with nature, and caring for the yields of nature. They occupy a place of honour in the history of our women and our nation.
By honouring a woman of our times, the award works two ways. It is an honour granted to one woman with distinct qualities, and it is a retroactive honour to generations of women of the past who distinguished themselves through hard work without gaining any personal fame or fortune.
The Foundation gives no official, written reason for their selections. In your case that would also be unnecessary. We know what you stand for and what you have meant, in particular to new generations of women.
More than 100.000 of your books have been sold in this country. Our libraries report that your books have virtually been read to pieces. Few postwar women authors have had a stronger influence than you.
You are the 10th woman to receive this award and this sculpture, and the second non-Norwegian.
It is an honor for me to present this sculpture to you as the symbol of Budeie of the Year 1995.