African Roads 

“The story is beautiful and harsh, poetic and rhythmic, moody and even sensual.” Fyns Stiftstidene

Novella (2013)

Nairobi, Kenya. The Karen Blixen Museum is haunted? A Danish woman journalist reluctantly writes about it. She is on her way there with her notoriously philandering husband, but wants to drive the car into a tree. As the couple get lost in the blazing heat in and around the African city and landscape, she gets lost in and out of a milky fog of images of her earlier life in East Africa and her first husband Albert, a Kenyan civil rights activist who was brutally murdered in 1992. Her current husband doesn’t know anything about her past, nor does he understand her deep connection to Africa. Instead, he is taken with the beautiful mouth of the museum tour guide.
       Will they find the way, or be wrecked? Will the Museum spell get broken? And with it, her infinite grief?


 “A masterful tale from Janne Teller … The inner monologue from a desperate woman, remembering the brutal killing of her lover while driving through Kenya, is simply bewitching.” Gregor Hens, Der Freitag

“The story is beautiful and harsh, poetic and rhythmic, moody and even sensual. Even for a non-African expert, descriptions materialise in the body” Fyns Stiftstidene

 “Janne Teller has written a small, intensely shimmering novella about returning to Africa’s heart of darkness. [Her] new book is sharp and precise ... Janne Teller is best when she is clear and scarce with her words as in her masterpiece Nothing, and when she writes hecticly and scarcely as in these African RoadsLars Bukdahl, Weekendavisen

 “As we travel on the African roads, Janne Teller leads us rhytmically into the shadows of the past and today’s far too pale sun” Kristeligt Dagblad

 African Roads is a tale of encapsulated grief ... A condensed and strong story from the roads in Karen, the neighbourhood in Nairobi named after another Danish author.” Jyllandsposten

 “A refreshing breath amongst the African tales written since Karen Blixen ... I thank Karen for being taken to Africa. And I thank Janne Teller for different variation of African Roads than the stereotype that has been seen countless of times.” U-landsnyt