In a short biography, Karen Blixen, writing under the pen name Isak Dinesen, provides supplementary information about her farm in Kenya. Dinesen offers some vignettes and stories which do not appear in her other biographical writings. For example, Dinesen writes more fully about her staff on the African farm, and especially her relationship with Farah, who becomes a friend as well as an employee. Dinesen recounts the shooting of a lion and her presentation of the lion skin to the King of Denmark. Most interestingly, Denisen recounts the ways in which she remained tied to Africa long after she returned to Europe. The Second World War severs her contact with Africa, and Dinesen finds that after the war she must struggle to re-establish her connection with the continent and with those she left behind there.
This report prepared by A. Antonow