Louisiana Literature 2013
Thousands of engaged guests and impecable weather contributed to an incredible atmosphere during LOUISIANA LITERATURE festival August 22 - 25, 2013. Guests met 40 local and international authors, who all read aloud, discussed and performed on the many stages inside the museum and outside in the Louisiana Sculpture Park.
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On Granta’s canonical list, as well as Zadie Smith, one finds the 33-year-old Taiye Selasi. She is the closest one gets current literary sensation. With just a single novel, Ghana Must Go, Selasi has made an explosive breakthrough in the international literary world with fantastic reviews, all of which says that the literary quality stands up to the hype. It is no coincidence that Selasi, who was born to Ghanaian-Nigerian parents in London, grew up in Boston and lives in Rome, has invented the word ‘Afropolitan’. The first few pages of Ghana Must Go, which has won high praise from Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison, were incidentally written in Copenhagen.
The Irish writer Colum McCann won fame with the novel Let the Great World Spin about September 11, with a million copies sold and the USA’s finest literary prize, the National Book Award. With him at the festival McCann has his new, long-awaited novel TransAtlantic, which appeared in Danish in August with the title Over Atlanten.
From Berlin comes the 29-year-old Olga Grjasnowa, who has a Russian-Jewish family background. Grjasnowa presents her debut novel Der Russe is einer, der Birken liebt (All Russian Men Love Birch Trees), which was translated into Danish in the spring, and which is one of last year’s most talked-about books in Germany.
At the festival the Japanese sound-poet Tomomi Adachi will perform his sound-poetry using voice, computer and home-made instruments. Adachi will perform several times, with among other things the work Voice and Infrared Sensor Shirt, where he creates the sound experience by means of a sound-sensitive shirt that he wears during his performance. Besides designing his own works Tomomi Adachi also draws on the Japanese tradition of sound-poetry in his unique performances.
Apart from Per Petterson, several other Nordic writers will be participating in the festival. The major Swedish poet Katarina Frostenson will read from her poetry collection Flodtid (Flood Tide), which was nominated in 2012 for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize.
Fredrik Sjöberg is a Swedish author, cultural writer – and fly collector. When Flugfällan (The Fly-Trap) appears in Danish in August, readers will make the acquaintance of a particularly subtle novel about moving to an island, about collecting flies, about literature, and about choosing one’s dreams. Flugfällan, which attracted a surprisingly large readership when it appeared in Swedish, has been translated into several languages, including German and French, and the novel won the August Prize in 2004.
Erlend Loe, known for his wry, ironic narrative style, not least in the novels Doppler and Naive. Super, has the novel Fvonk out, where Norway’s Prime Minister plays a crucial role. With his original, entertaining novels, Loe has attracted a wide, devoted readership in Denmark.
The festival will also receive a prestigious visit from the Norwegian author, visual artist, performer and singer Jenny Hval (duo), who has aroused particular notice in the English-speaking media. Her new CD Innocence is kinky is not only a strong musical manifestation from a unique singer, often compared to PJ Harvey, with whom she shares a producer; the voice of a poet can also be heard in the songs. Hval’s latest book Inn i ansiktet (Sings with her Eyes) published by Kvalitetsforlaget October, is a strong experimental text with a basis in Dreyer’s film The Passion of Joan of Arc.
In addition some of the year’s best Danish writers appeared, while performance, music and Audio Tours were important elements in the festival.
Tomomi Adachi, Yoko Ono, Nicole Krauss and Gary Shteyngart have written texts for places and art at Louisiana that inspire them.
Listen to the audio walks here »