Blixen in Africa
After Karen Blixen’s marriage with her cousin Baron
Bror Blixen-Finecke - the couple went to Kenya in 1913
- and used family money to establish a coffee plantation.
After a few years as man and wife - they were divorced in
1921. Together with her African workers -
Karen Blixen ran the plantation by herself - and with the
falling price of coffee and unproductive harvest - she closed
down the production facilities and returned to Denmark in
1931 - where she lived for the rest of her
Karen Blixen's years in Kenya are depicted in OUT
OF AFRICA (1937) - "I had a farm in Africa -
at the foot of the Ngong Hills". This opening also sets
the tone of the autobiography – nostalgic - calm and
stoic. The book ends with a view to the same hills: "The
outline of the mountain was slowly smoothed and levelled out
by the hand of distance."
It was on the coffee-farm Karen Blixen started to write her
first book - Seven Gothic Tales (1934) - but it appeared first
three years after African memoir.
Karen Blixen museum in Kenya
Karen Blixen's Kenya Mansion was acquired by the National
Museums of Kenya and opened as a museum in 1986.