About Morten Brask

Honors and awards

  • Bottari Lattes Grinzani’s literary 
award 2015, Italy (winner)
  • Edoardo Kihlgren first Prize for
 European Literature  2014, Italy (winner)
  • Premio Letteraria Fano 2014,  Italy (shortlist)
  • Prix du roman Fnac 2011, France (shortlist)
  • Prix du roman Chapitre européen 2011, France (shortlist)
  • The Danish Art Council’s Three year grant 2011 (winner)
  • Various grants 1998 –


I grew up in Copenhagen. My mother was a lawyer, my father an economist. My grandfather was an artist who spent most of his working Life in the national bank of Denmark, drawing the illustrations for the Danish banknotes. 

Another great grandfather was an engineer deciding to dig for gold in Siberia, another was the mayor of Copenhagen. A great-grand uncle, was a member Amundsens expedition through the Northwest passage in 1906. 

The cousin of my mothers father was the legendary writer Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen)

I wanted to become a writer since I was around 9 years old. From the age of 15 I sent articles to various Danish newspaper, a few published. Last year in elementary school, I wrote a children´s book The Snail Farm (unpublished).

In 1987, I won a short story competition. Shortly followed by other competitions and contributions to the anthologies Beginnings and Erotic stories.


During high-school and university years I contributed to Danish and Norwegian newspapers, magazines and periodicals. Mainly articles, features and short stories.

While writing my master thesis at University of Copenhagen I co-wrote the non-fiction book The Jew and the Aryan – in the Nazi film propaganda (Published by Borgen Publishers, 1995).

Graduated in 1995 with a MA in Film Science and History.

At the age of 25, I travelled in Indonesia and Northern Australia for 7 months. The events, including two near drowning accidents, visiting the last headhunters on the island of Seram as well as the Komodo dragons, ended up in the travelogue Journey in the rainy Season (written with a co-traveller, published by Borgen, 2001).

1997-2000 I was employed as a director of documentaries and information videos, one of which won a Golden Award at the ITVA Festival.

Loss of children

After suffering the devastating loss of my twins in 2000, I decided to change career. First as creator of satirical books: The Schnaps Parliament 2001 and Schnaps Parliament 2002. Since as co-founder and creative director the communications agency Tabula Rasa.

Books on “extreme people and extreme situations”

Blondanett – a Prostitute´s Diary (2005) was based on interviews and daily dictaphone-recordings of a Danish prostitute. The purpose of the book was to portray the life and thoughts of a mature woman, who gave up her life and job as a nurse to become a callgirl.

In 2006 I moved to Mozambique to write my first novel, The Sea in Theresienstadt, about a Danish jew in the German concentration camp Theresienstadt. Published in Denmark (Politikens Forlag, 2007) and later in France (Presses de la Cité 2009) where it was nominated for the Prix du Roman Fnac and shortlisted for the Prix Chapitre du roman Europeen. The book sold around in 44.000 copies in France alone.

In 2011, I published The perfect Life of William Sidis, a novel based on the life of the famous child prodigy, William Sidis (1898-1944), who has (estimated) an IQ of 250-300. 

The novel has been published in Germany (Nagel & Kimsche 2017) Schweitzerland (2017), Austria (2017), Greece (Kedros 2013), France (Presses de la Cité 2013), Italy (Iperborea 2014), and South Korea (moon Nok publishers 2018).

The novel was awarded the Italian Edoardo Kihlgren first prize for European literature in 2014, and nominated for the literary prize PREMIO LETTERARIA in 2014 in the category: Best novel translated into Italian. Winner of the Italian literary award Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane 2015 and The Danish Art Council’s “Three year grant”.

In 2013, came the novel A girl and a boy inspired by the loss of my twins (Politikens forlag).
The novel has been printed in 25.000 copies. In 2014, the book was published in Norway (Spartacus 2014) and Russia (Eksmo – Издательство Эксмо 2017).

2014 Tomorrow I stop came out. It is a biography of the Danish Tv-personality, Anja Fonseca, who secretly suffered from bulimia (Politiken publishers 2014). Sold in many thousand of copies.

2015 the non-fiction e-book Films of Evil – The nazi antisemitic Film Propaganda was published (Spitzen publish).

2016 the novel The Victims was published. It is a psychological “thriller” about a couple dealing with a violent attack, and how they afterwards deal with the feelings of revenge and forgiveness. It is partly based upon interviews with survivors of violence. (Politikens forlag 2016).

In the years 2016-2019, I published a few comical YA novels using different pseudonyms. 

In 2021  A fragile earthquake came out. It can be described as a dystopic and magic realistic novel about the end of the world.

I am currently working on a biographical-historical trilogy about an autenthic German family during the two world wars. 

I am based in Copenhagen most of the time.



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