The magic philosopher
Major interview with Christian Have who as Director of Public Affairs for HCA2005 has his own views as to why not just Denmark but the whole world should celebrate Hans Christian Andersen in 2005.
By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 16 October 2003
Hans Christian Andersen belongs to the world, and the Chinese, Koreans, Japanese and Americans can lay just as much claim to him as the Danes.
It is this cosmopolitan aura around Hans Christian Andersen's life and works that makes him the magic philosopher who has enchanted the world for nearly 200 years and will hopefully continue to do so to an even greater degree in the future.
That is what Christian Have, Director of Public Affairs for HCA2005, believes at any rate. For him, it is obvious that Hans Christian Andersen himself requires an international celebration, because he would not have been satisfied with anything else.
Quite simply because the life story of Denmark's most-renowned writer epitomizes the archetypal tale of rising to prominence in spite of timidity and an ill-favored appearance.
In an in-depth conversation with editor Mikkel Stjernberg, Christian Have provides this and other views on why it is so vital to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen in 2005. Not just for Denmark but for the world as a whole.
Major interview with Christian Have who, has his own views as to why not just Denmark but the whole world should celebrate Hans Christian Andersen in 2005.
Read the interview with Christian Have here!