Please join me in January when we read a work with a famous literary heroine! Hope to see you all! Carissa
Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen, a pen name used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on her coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to some of the people who touched her life there. It is also a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote the book in English and then translated it into Danish.
Karen von Blixen-Finecke (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen names Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Tania Blixen, Osceola andPierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English.
Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. Prior to the release of the first film, she was noted for herSeven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.