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3rd impression 1986; Century Publishing, London; larger hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; pasted photo on front cover; many illustrations in color and b/w.


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Out of Africa is probably the finest book ever written about the nature of the African continent and its people- although at first sight it is not about either of these things. Karen Blixen set out in middle age to record the central experience of her life, in which with her husband she went out to Kenya to manage a coffee plantation close to the Ngong Hills near Nairobi, and continued to do so by herself for ten years after her divorce. What she achieved, however, went far beyond this. Out of Africa is a uniquely poignant evocation of a vanishing land and its peoples, whose destiny seems to echo the author's own pre-occupations but remains eternally distinct from them.


This superbly illustrated edition brings alive the Kenya of those years: the day-to-day events on a struggling farm, the often eccentric European settlers, the African peoples among whom they lived and, above all, the magnificent, wild land in which the story is set. Dramatic paintings of the landscape, haunting contemporary photographs, and the numerous decorative illustrations by the Kenyan artist Bina Dhanani combine in harmony with the text of Karen Blixen's masterpiece. 

OUT OF AFRICA by Karen Blixen

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