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  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951439
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

Out of Africa




The lyrical and luminous memoir of Kenya that launched a million tourist trails

'I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills . . . Up in this high air you breathed easily . . . you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.'

From the moment Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya in 1914 to manage a coffee plantation, her heart belonged to Africa. Drawn to the intense colours and ravishing landscapes, Blixen spent her happiest years on the farm, and her experiences and friendships with the people around her are vividly recalled in these memoirs.

Out of Africa is the story of a remarkable and unconventional woman, and of a way of life that has vanished for ever.

  • Published: 13 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9780241951439
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

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About the author

Karen Blixen

Karen Blixen, who was born in Rungsted, Denmark in 1885, also wrote under the pseudonym of Isak Dinesen. After studying art at Copenhagen, Paris and Rome, she married her cousin, Baron Bror Blixen-Finecke, in 1914. Together they went to Kenya to manage a coffee plantation. After their divorce in 1921, she continued to run the plantation until a collapse in the coffee market forced her back to Denmark in 1931.

Although she had written occasional contributions to Danish periodicals since 1905 (under the nom de plume of Osceola), her real début took place in 1934 with the publication of Seven Gothic Tales, written in English under her pen-name. Out of Africa (1937) is an autobiographical account of the years she spent in Kenya. Most of her subsequent books were published in English and Danish simultaneously, including Winter's Tales (1942) and The Angelic Avengers (1946), under the name of Pierre Andrézol. Among her other collections of stories are Last Tales (1957), Anecdotes of Destiny (1958), Shadows on the Grass (1960) and Ehrengard (1963). All of these books are published by Penguin.

Baroness Blixen died in Rungsted in 1962.

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Praise for Out of Africa

A work of sincere power ... a fine lyrical study of life in East Africa

Harold Nicolson, Daily Telegraph

A compelling story of passion and a movingly poetic tribute to a lost land

The Times

With its lyrical and luminous picture of Kenya, it launched a million tourist trails

Guardian

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