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Resan som hänförelse: Erla Hovilainen-Husgafvels berättelse "Brevet från Afrika" i historisk och biografisk kontext
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2014 (Swedish)In: Vertikal 3: Tema: Horisonter / [ed] Maria Sandin, Vasa: Svenska Österbottens Litteraturförening , 2014, 38-49 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Finland-Swedish ethnologist Erla Husgafvel's story 'Brevet från Afrika' ('The Letter from Africa') is a re-telling of an authentic episode from her mother's early life (1880's), about the exaltic impact of the turning up of a letter from her missionary sister in northern Namibia. As Husgafvel originally published her 'letter' in a Christmas bulletin for Ostrobothnian soldiers at the Russian war front in 1944, it reads as a secular consolation in its juxtaposing, almost blashemously,  the causes for confronting death, the dying for the present Coming of God alternatively for your country. It is brave statement about life. 

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Vasa: Svenska Österbottens Litteraturförening , 2014. 38-49 p.
Keyword [en]
Africa, mission, death and its ethics, the Finnish wars, storytelling
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Social and Economic Geography; History Of Sciences and Ideas; Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-93423ISBN: 978-952-68211-0-8 (print)OAI: diva2:748697
Available from: 2014-09-21 Created: 2014-09-21 Last updated: 2014-09-30Bibliographically approved

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