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  • Author(s): Stefanie Zweig
  • Publication Information:
    Madison, Wis : University of Wisconsin Press. 2004
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      Nowhere in Africa is the extraordinary tale of a Jewish family who 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; while 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. Visit the Web site for the film at www.nowhereinafrica.com
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    • Related ISBNs:
      9780299199609. 9780299199647. 9780299199630.
    • Accession Number:
      879592273
    • Accession Number:
      771925
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      STEFANIE ZWEIG. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. ISBN 9780299199609. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 13 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Stefanie Zweig. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. University of Wisconsin Press; 2004. Accessed August 13, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Stefanie Zweig. (2004). Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. University of Wisconsin Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Stefanie Zweig. 2004. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Stefanie Zweig (2004) Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 13 August 2020).
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      Stefanie Zweig 2004, Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wis, viewed 13 August 2020, .
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      Stefanie Zweig. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428.
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      Stefanie Zweig. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Stefanie Zweig. Nowhere in Africa : An Autobiographical Novel [Internet]. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press; 2004 [cited 2020 Aug 13]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=771925&custid=s8280428

Reviews

Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 February 2004

Based on Zweig's personal experience as a German Jewish refugee child in Kenya during World War II, this novel inspired the 2003 Oscar Award winner for best foreign film. Now the book has been translated into English for the first time, and as in the movie, the drama is in the family's confused search for home where three worlds and three languages--English, German, and Swahili--intersect and people "cannot agree on a common word for strife." The rural Kenyan setting is idyllic, the "houseboy" Owuor a perfect mentor, and somehow the desperate Jewish aliens don't see the local racism toward the "natives." But there's no nostalgia about the refugee family: their leaving, their wrenching guilt about those they left behind, their struggle at school and work. Best of all is the child's view of the war at home. Husband and wife fight all the time. The beautiful lady can't stand it on the farm, but when he wants to return to Germany after the war, she can't leave again. The ironic mix of anger and sorrow is unforgettable. ((Reviewed February 15, 2004)) Copyright 2004 Booklist Reviews.