Library Highlight: Sista brevet från Kasempa – the last letter from Kasempa

book cover 'Sista brevet från Kasempa'

In the autumn of 1912 21-year-old Henrik Stiernspetz embarks on a journey to Africa to seek his fortune. He does not fit in Stockholm’s bourgeois society and dreams of adventure. After the outbreak of the First World War and a failed business in Cape Town, Henrik travels to Kasempa in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) where he opens a trading post. Around Christmas 1927, all correspondence to his family ceases. In February 1929, his mother is informed that her son has died. Despite a couple of investigations, Henrik's family never discovered what happened to him. A century later, Elise Killander, journalist, cultural scientist and a distant relative, decides to find out why her great-grand uncle never came back. 'The last letter from Kasempa' is the subject of our latest Library Highlight.