Out of Africa

    This novel was written by Danish author Karan Blixen under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. First printed in 1937, the book is an account of the dynamics between European settlers and local Kenyan tribes in the early 20th century. Blixen lived outside Nairobi from 1914 to 1931 and ran a coffee plantation on the estate she owned. Today you can visit the house in which she lived, as it has been preserved as the Karen Blixen Museum. It is located west of downtown Nairobi, in the suburb of Karen, named after Blixen.

    The novel focuses mostly on the narrator's interaction with the Kikuyu tribe of people, who come to work on her coffee plantation. The plot is related through a series of episodes during which the narrator describes her memories of the time from a later time period. This makes sense, as Blixen wrote the novel after she had returned to Denmark. The book also describes her affair with Denys Finch Hatton, who lived with the author at the house from 1926–1931, and the demise of the coffee plantation.

    The book is mostly known for being the basis of a movie of the same title. The movie starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1986.