Sanne Jellings was born in southern Germany. During her university studies, she discovered her love for Isak Dinesen, alias Karen Blixen-Finecke. In her early 20s she visited Blixen’s birth house, Rungstedlund on the Oresund strait, for the first time. Since then, the old estate with its large park has become a special place for her. Sanne Jellings works as a literary editor and translator and lives with her family in Hamburg.
A DANISH WINTER
December 1929: the author Karen Blixen has returned home from Kenya to the estate of her rich family north of Copenhagen to visit her sick mother. Her relationship with Denys Finch-Hatton has ended, the global economy is in ruins and her farm in Africa close to bankruptcy. The baroness is at a low point in her life when she meets Minna, who has just begun working as a maid. Minna’s secret ambition is to become a teacher. She also fantasises about Carl, an assessor, yet both dreams are out of reach for a girl from a modest background.
Minna spent a magical afternoon with Carl at the Tivoli amusement park, dazzled by lights, surrounded by dancing snowflakes and drinking hot chocolate. But she fears that she’s not good enough for the young assessor. Karen Blixen is moved by the young girl’s story and encourages her to fight for her dreams, and in the process finds new courage to grapple with the challenges in her own life…