My Africa (book)

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July 5, 2022

Out of Africa is a biographical novel by the Danish writer Karen Blixen (1885-1962). It was first published in 1937, under the title African Farm, and the author published it under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. This novel first appeared before the domestic audience in 1986, in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in a Croatian translation. It was first published in Serbian in 2014 by the publishing house Geopoetika. In 1985, the famous film of the same name, My Africa, directed by Sidney Pollack and starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, was made based on the novel Moja Afrika. The film won numerous awards, including seven Oscars.

Background of the book

Karen Blixen arrived in Kenya with her husband in 1914, where they established a coffee plantation. Charmed by the beauty of the continent, as she later wrote, she spent the happiest years of her life there. In 1931, the plantation failed and they were forced to return to Denmark. When she set out to meet an uncertain future in Kenya, a country completely different from her native Denmark, she had no idea that the end of that long journey would actually be a return home, and she would realize the freedom she had longed for all her life, magnificently embodied in the African continent, its expanses, wild animals and people. Returning home, Karen wrote this biographical novel in 1937 about her time in Africa.

About the book

My Africa is a biographical novel published in 1937 under the title African Farm. In it, the author describes the events during the seventeen years she spent in Kenya, then called British East Africa. The book is a lyrical confession of her life on the coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to the people she met there. In the book, Blixen gives a vivid account of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. The story of his life and major events in British East Africa. It introduces readers to different African cultures, their worldview and fate after the arrival of colonial powers. It also evokes the luxuriant and wild nature, whose rhythm a civilized man must accept in order to truly know it. The book is a poignant farewell to the beloved Kenya. In the book, he writes about friendship with people from his own eye