Murakami at Louisiana

The globally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami, who enchants readers worldwide, will be in Humlebæk, Denmark, where Louisiana Literature takes place this year from August 17-20.

The Japanese author Haruki Murakami made his international breakthrough with Norwegian Wood (1986) and has since written a myriad of novels that have captivated readers all over the world. His quirky, often surreal literary universe and easily accessible language mix mystery and everydayness, melancholy and humour, and Western and Japanese culture. A Danish translation of his debut short story A Slow Boat to China will be published in May, and August will see the publication of the collection of short stories Mysteries of Tokyo. Meanwhile, Japanese readers can look forward to his first major novel in six years when The City and its Uncertain Walls is published on 13 April in the author’s home country.

Murakami first got the idea of becoming a writer at a baseball game in Tokyo on a spring day in 1978. “I was watching the match, and the moment the first batter hit a double, I got the feeling that I could write. Maybe I’d had too much beer – I don’t know – but it was suddenly like I was experiencing some kind of epiphany,” Murakami has said. The following year saw the publication of his debut novel, Hear the Wind Sing. Since then, his works have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.

Haruki Murakami (b. 1949) is regarded as one of the most popular Japanese writers of all time. He has won numerous international awards, most recently the Prix mondial Cinco Del Duca (2022), the America Award in Literature (2018) and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize (2016). There have also been several successful film adaptations of Murakami stories, including Norwegian Wood (2010), Burning (2018) and the Oscar-winning Drive My Car (2021).

four days of literature

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s literary festival Louisiana Literature celebrates quality literature from countries all over the world. Through the years the museum has welcomed authors and hosted literary events, just as it has made room for music and architecture.

The festival has a strong social media presence and for news and updates we invite you to follow Louisiana Literature on facebook or twitter or instagram

C.L. Davids Fond og Samling supports Louisiana Literature


A four-day tightly packed programme makes it almost impossible to include everything, but luckily the festival has a long 'afterlife' on Louisiana Channel where many of the authors, who have been guests at Louisiana Literature, are featured.

For performances on stage or in-depth talks with Michel Houellebecq, Ben Okri, Zadie Smith, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Richard Ford, Svetlana Alexievich and many more please follow the link below

Where literature begins

A series of extensive portraits with 12 Danish writers

A series of film portraits gives you a closer look at some of Danish literature's great voices. Each writer shares their thoughts on literature from their personal and inspirational starting point - taking you on a tour around Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.

The 12 films have been produced by Louisiana Literature in 2020.


Literature has always had a place at Louisiana. Through the years the museum has welcomed authors and hosted literary events, just as it has made room for music and architecture. Previously, Nordic poetry days were held and in the 1980s Louisiana gave Eastern European dissident authors a place to speak freely. It was also at Louisiana that Salman Rushdie appeared in public in 1992 – for the first time since the fatwa calling for his assassination was issued.

Thus Louisiana Literature upholds a strong tradition. The event keeps the museum engaged in the world of literature, and at the same time the festival emphasizes great literature and its necessity.