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Bokprat: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

April 17 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Bokprat: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

April 17, 2024 | 7:00 -8:15 pm CT

Location: Online on Zoom

Dr. Maren Johnson, Luther College’s Associate Professor of Nordic Studies and Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies Director, facilitates a regular bokprat, discussing Scandinavian authors and Scandinavian life.

The April bokprat features Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen.

Out of Africa is Dinesen’s memoir of her years in Africa from 1914 to 1931, on a four-thousand-acre coffee plantation in the hills near Nairobi. She had come to Kenya from Denmark with her husband, and when they separated, she stayed on to manage the farm by herself, visited frequently by her lover, the big-game hunter Denys Finch-Hatton, for whom she would make up stories “like the great storyteller Scheherazade.” In Africa, “I learned how to tell tales,” she recalled many years later. “The natives have an ear still. I told stories constantly to them, all kinds.” Her account of her African adventures, written after she had lost her beloved farm and returned to Denmark, is that of a master storyteller, a woman whom John Updike called “one of the most picturesque and flamboyant literary personalities of the century.”

Isak Dinesen (1885–1962) was born Karen Christence Dinesen in Rungsted, Denmark. She wrote poems, plays, and stories from an early age, including Seven Gothic Tales, Winter’s Tales, Last Tales, Anecdotes of Destiny, Shadows on the Grass, and Ehrengard. Out of Africa is considered her masterpiece.

Registration is required for this free event. Find more info and register here.


April 17
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM