Out of Africa | Study Guide

Isak Dinesen

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Isak Dinesen

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Perspective and Narrator

Out of Africa is told from the first-person point of view. The speaker is Baroness Karen Blixen, a romantic figure who, from 1917 to 1931, managed hundreds of workers and squatters in East Africa on 6,000 acres, including a coffee plantation, grasslands, and native forest.


Out of Africa is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title, Out of Africa, affirms that Karen Blixen, who took the pseudonym Isak Dinesen, was shaped by her experiences and, in this sense, born out of Africa. It also reflects the nostalgia of a memoir published six years after the end of her sojourn in her beloved adopted land.


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