KAREN

Drink and be merry! Enjoy a feast of mulled wine and mince pies over our December read – all welcome!  Our December read – the I’ve Never Read Her second birthday party and holidays special – is Babettes Feast, a short story by Karen Blixen.

Karen von Blixen-Finecke  (17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962), née Karen Christenze Dinesen, was a Danish author also known by her pen name Isak Dinesen. She also wrote under the pen names Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English.

Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette’s Feast, she was noted for her Seven Gothic Tales, for which she is also known in Denmark.

Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, described it as “a mistake” that Blixen was not awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature during the 1930s. Although never awarded the prize she finished in third place behind Graham Greene in 1961, the year Ivo Andrić was awarded the prize.

Babettes Feast was turned into a critically acclaimed film (watch here) in 1987 by director Gabriel Axel. As always, get your copy from your local charity shopindependent bookshop or library – not Amazon! See you all on Wednesday 11th December 2013 at 7pm.

PDF version available here.

 

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