Books by Isak Dinesen

Released: Nov. 28, 1986

"Both ably serve to untangle what is, after all, a rather confusing piece of philosophy."
An early speculative essay by the author of Out of Africa, stretched into a book with extensive notes and long essays serving as both foreward and afterword. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1981

"For scholars and only the most devoted Dinesen-ites, then: bricks that prefigure the crystal wonder of Out of Africa."
The freight of sadness, stoicism, determination, and great grace under pressure is enormous in these letters, written by Dinesen from the time of her first arrival at Ngong in Kenya as Blor Blixen's wife until her departure 17 years later: divorced, alone, her lover Denys Finch-Hatton killed in an airplane crash, her beloved farm taken away from her management by the board of directors of The Karen Coffee Company, Ltd. in Copenhagen. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 1977

"Dinesen's richly mannered, baroque narrative gives both distance and space to the stuff of fairy tales and imaginings and a somber ground to the fantastic."
An arresting group of the late Danish author's stories which have been hitherto unavailable here in beak form (only three tales are translated from the Danish; Dinesen wrote mainly in English). Read full book review >
THE ANGELIC AVENGERS by Isak Dinesen
Released: Oct. 14, 1975

"The subject is the nature of courage and the morality of retribution."
Although it was well-received in its 1946 English translation, this melodramatic thriller cum political allegory—first published pseudonymously in Denmark under the German occupation—was disowned by Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen until a 1956 interview. Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF THE GRASS by Isak Dinesen
Released: Jan. 3, 1960

"The writing needs no encomiums; every reader knows there is delight in store."
To any reader who met Baroness Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) first through her memorable Out of Africa these new pieces carrying us back to her African plantation will be heart warming news. Read full book review >
ANECDOTES OF DESTINY by Isak Dinesen
Released: Oct. 13, 1958

Seven Gothic Tales set a mold from which it is difficult for Isak Dinesen to escape the demands and expectations of her readers. Read full book review >
LAST TALES by Isak Dinesen
Released: Nov. 4, 1957

An eagerly anticipated collection of twelve more "Gothic tales" is news for the sophisticated reader. Read full book review >
WINTER'S TALES by Isak Dinesen
Released: Feb. 9, 1942

"Definitely for an intellectual market, "caviare to the general"."
Anyone who was caught unaware by the magic of Seven Gothic Tales will welcome this new volume of short stories from the pen of this gifted Danish writer. Read full book review >
OUT OF AFRICA by Isak Dinesen
Released: March 1, 1937

"Anecdotal — incidental — in character, but it is the manner of telling that gives it such rare charm, the fluency and case and delightful with and subtlety, which characterized her Seven Gothic Tales."
The author of Seven Gothic Tales — presents here reminiscences of twelve years on a coffee farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Read full book review >
SEVEN GOTHIC TALES by Isak Dinesen
Released: April 9, 1934

"Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Zanzibar — backgrounds verging on the realm of fantasy."
Here's a find for the jaded palate — and for anyone interested in semi-modern, semi-romantic Arabian Nights Tales. Read full book review >