Haruki Murakami, laureate of the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, is seen outside H. C. Andersen's house in Odense, Denmark, Oct 30.
Scanpix Denmark/Henning Bagger/via Reuters
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Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami warned against excluding outsiders and rewriting history as he accepted the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. Murakami spoke Sunday in Odense, Denmark, the birthplace of Andersen, the 19th-century writer of folk tales. His speech, entitled "The Meaning of Shadows," cited Andersen's dark fantasy "The Shadow," a story about a scholar who loses his shadow but is eventually taken over by it and killed.Japanese media have interpreted the wall and intruders as references to refugees arriving in Europe and the protectionist response.Murakami, 67, usually shies away from the public, but he has spoken out on issues such as global peace and nuclear energy.Previous winners include "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie, who wrote "Midnight's Children" and "The Satanic Verses".
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