Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then British East Africa. The book is a lyrical meditation on Blixen’s life on her coffee plantation, as well as a tribute to some of the people who touched her life there. It is also a vivid snapshot of African colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire. Blixen wrote the book in English and then translated it into Danish.

The 23rd greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 37th on Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time (National Geographic Adventure Magazine)
  2. - 58th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  3. - 80th on Top 100 World Literature Titles (Perfection Learning)
  4. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (Amazon.com (USA))
  5. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  6. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Longing for Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa, With Original Photographs (January 1914-July 1931) and Quotations from Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen) Paperback 1120799 $19.99 $6.24 1990
Out of Africa Paperback 498833 $12.95 $10.99 2013
Out of Africa: and Shadows on the Grass Paperback 37475 $7.05 $0.25 1989
Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) Hardcover 26144 $13.33 $2.33 1992
Longing For Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa Paperback 510611 $45.87 $1.99 1998
Longing for Darkness: Kamante's Tales from Out of Africa (English and Swahili Edition) Hardcover 451805 $61.01 $8.97 1975
Out of Africa Hardcover 1597954 $0.01
Out of Africa Mass Market Paperback 2729029 $8.50
Out of Africa & Shadows on the Grass Mass Market Paperback 1085523 $4.80 $1.25
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass (G K Hall Large Print Book Series) Hardcover 2885480 $414.93
Out of Africa Kindle Edition 14322 $9.99 2011
Out of Africa (Penguin Essentials) Paperback 407313 $7.62 $6.93 2011
Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 63558 $9.99 2011
Out Of Africa and Shadows On The Grass Paperback 1566884 $0.89 $0.01 1985
Out of Africa Paperback 2166789 $14.97 $0.38 1963
Longing for Darkness Hardcover 3761606 $145.02 $13.02 1991
Out of Africa ( 1st/1st ) Hardcover 1813970 $996.62 $14.96
Out of Africa (Vintage Books, V740) Paperback 1880685 $19.61 $0.01 1972
Out of Africa (Essential Penguin) Paperback 1144617 $11.85 $0.01 1999
Out of Africa (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback 247758 $8.10 $5.92 2001
Out of Africa (Time reading program special edition) Paperback 1751515 $11.85 $0.54
Out of Africa Audible Audio Edition 23811 $9.77 1999
Out of Africa Hardcover 3618585 $14.74 $0.01 1987
OUT OF AFRICA (CRESSET LIBRARY) Hardcover 2581619 $0.01
Out of Africa Hardcover 3835527 $18.00 $3.50 2002
Out of Africa Hardcover 3973761 $40.67
Out in Africa Paperback 2145715 $32.58 $11.63 1965