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Kallocain (Library of World Fiction)
Kallocain (Library of World Fiction)
by Karin Boye
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A little sister to Orwell’s Big Brother, 5 July 2003
1984 may be behind us, but the future of Kallocain is still before us, and it does not look
bright for those who love freedom. And who doesn’t, really?
The story is told by Leo Kall, once a chemist who developed the truth drug Kallocain in order
to reveal the thoughts of all citizens to the almighty World State. With the new drug, secrets
will become an impossibility. Betrayal will be revealed instantly.
The future society of Kallocain is very dark, overshadowed by the threat of war. Citizens are
not supposed to have any feelings, any wishes or longings. But is it humanly possible to be
entirely without feelings? And how do we react when we are faced with the truth about
ourselves and our loved ones?
Kallocain was published in 1940, just months before Karin Boye, one of Sweden’s foremost
modern poets, was found dead in a forest. She may have chosen suicide because she could no
longer bear to be a bisexual person in a condemning society. Maybe she had lost her faith in
the good powers of the world, at a time when Hitler and Stalin looked like the winners in the
raging world war.
Her vision of the world overtaken by these dictators, and the dictator that lies in each and
everyone of us, is her last testimony.


Shadows on the Grass
Shadows on the Grass
by Karen Blixen
Edition: Paperback

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the magic from "Out of Africa", 24 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Shadows on the Grass (Paperback)
If you enjoyed reading "Out of Africa" or watching the movie
starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, here's more of the same!
Shadows on the Grass (original title "Skygger paa graesset")
is a celebration of the dignity, wisdom and beauty of the
people of Africa. This book contains four stories told with
love, of which avid fans of "Out of Africa" will recognize
themselves in two.
The first chapter "Farah", is the story of the peculiar and
powerful pact between Blixen and her Somali servant Farah Aden.
The author herself called it "a portrait of a gentleman".
The chapter entitled "Barua a soldani" is the story of a letter
from the Danish king that came to be respected as powerful
medicine by the members of the Kikuyu tribe. And there might be
some truth in this magical tale: a letter from king Christian X
of Denmark was indeed found in the archives of the Blixen estate.
The last chapter is Karen Blixen's own farewell to Africa and
her efforts to maintain contact with the land and the people
she came to love, as she spent her last years in her house in
Rungstedlund, Denmark, now a museum.
Karen Blixen's great storyteller and her ability to really
bring out the magical flavour of Africa shine through in this
her last book about Kenya.


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