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Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel

 
 
 
 
Nowhere in Africa: An Autobiographical Novel
Author: Stefanie Zweig
ISBN 13: 9780299199647
ISBN 10: 299199649
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: 2007-07-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $21.95
 
 

Nowhere in Africa is the extraordinary tale of a Jewish family that flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel, and their five-year-old daughter, Regina, each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; only the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country—learning the local language and customs, and finding a friend in Owuor, the farm's cook. As the war rages on the other side of the world, the family's relationships with their strange environment become increasingly complicated as Jettel grows more self-assured and Walter more haunted by the life they left behind. In 1946, with the war over, Regina's fondest dream comes true when her brother Max is born. Walter's decision, however, to return to his homeland to help rebuild a new Germany puts his family into turmoil again.