Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rungsted - Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen


Karen Blixen, pen name Isak Dinesen, is buried here at her home in Denmark, after many years in Africa.  See ://www.karenblixen.com/


  In 1938, her novel, Out of Africa, was published -- but perhaps now the 1985 film based loosely on it, is better known, see ://www.karenblixen.com/movie.html/


Part of the home was destroyed by fire; this shows the remaining wing.



It is easy to pass by without noticing it.  The view of the water is all on the other side.


The town is on the coast, expensive yachts bobbing at the elegant marina across the road, and the busy coast road full of people going in other directions.  So, why bury her in the back yard, under a tree, when the view and the water and the salt smell and the bustle and the vistas are all on the other side, at the front.

Karen, rise up.  Move!

My favorite from that Happy Valley (stories by Isak Dinesen pen name of Karen Blixen type era in East Africa) is still Beryl Markham, and her West with the Night, see ://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102496707

No comments: