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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Thurman Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Isak Dinesen earned international fame for Seven Gothic Tales, Out of Africa, and other stories that skillfully combine elements of fable, social conflict, and psychological drama. She was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. Yet the story of her life - her travels, affairs, and friendships - remains the greatest story of all.

Christened with the name Karen, the moody, headstrong, youngest of three sisters was nicknamed Tanne for much of her childhood. She was determined to become an artist. After she married Baron Blixen, she was the mistress and landowner Tania to those she knew and loved in her new African home. Finally, it was with the name Isak, meaning one who laughs, that she became known to the world as a master storyteller.

Each period of her life provided Dinesen with rich characters and horizons for her brilliant writing. Noted biographer and critic Judith Thurman draws on Isak Dinesen's letters, unpublished manuscripts, and family documents in this compelling biography.

Winner of the National Book Award, Isak Dinesen gracefully reveals the connections between a remarkable woman's literary creations and her fascinating life. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " Very good biography. It has to be both rewarding and challenging to write about someone who felt that her life was one big narrative project, and this was really well done and thorough -- you got a feeling for the sense of Dinesen's life, both her own and from those around her, not just the details and dates. Which is what I really want from a biography, and this one definitely captured her whole dramatic, messy essence. "

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    " The best. Literary. Biography. EVER. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jette petersen | 12/23/2013

    " A full and hard life. A not easy, but rewarding reading. It is worth the effort "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Salvatore | 12/4/2013

    " I am in love with this woman. "

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