The Japanization of Modernity – Murakami Haruki between Japan and the United States
In an "other world" composed of language-it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest-a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami's characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts-people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer's extraordinary fiction. Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami's wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami's writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami's most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami's depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real. Through these otherworldly depths The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami also charts the writer's vivid "inner world," whether unconscious or underworld (what some Japanese critics call achiragawa, or "over there"), and its connectivity to language. Strecher covers all of Murakami's work-including his efforts as a literary journalist-and concludes with the first full-length close reading of the writer's newest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.
Haruki Murakami ühe tuntuima teose pealkiri „Norra mets” on pärit biitlite laulust, mille kuulmine toob raamatu minategelasele Watanabele meelde tema esimese armastatu Naoko, tema parima sõbra kallima. Watanabe kandub mõtetes tagasi kahekümne aasta tagusesse aega, mil ta oli üliõpilane Tokyos. Murakami on suurepärane õhustiku looja, tema kummalised tegelaskujud saavad sümboolse tähenduse, pannes lugeja samal ajal neile sügavalt kaasa elama. 1949. aastal sündinud Haruki Murakami teosed on muutunud maailmas üsna eripäraseks kirjandusnähtuseks. Kõik tema raamatud tõlgitakse kohe pärast ilmumist suurematesse keeltesse ning neid müüakse hämmastavates tiraažides. 372 lk
A dazzling new collection of short stories--the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.
An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor. "My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music." Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.
Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world's great storytellers at the peak of his powers.Here we meet a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who is on the run, and Nakata.an aging simpleton who is drawn to Kafka for reasons that he cannot fathom. As their paths converge, acclaimed author Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder, in what is a truly remarkable journey.
Haruki Murakami encarna el prototipo de escritor solitario y reservado; se considera extremadamente timido y siempre ha subrayado que le incomoda hablar de si mismo, de su vida privada y de su vision del mundo. Sin embargo, el autor ha roto ese silencio para compartir con sus lectores su experiencia como escritor y como lector. A partir de autores como Kafka, Chandler, Dostoievski o Hemingway, Murakami reflexiona sobre la literatura, sobre la imaginacion, sobre los premios literarios y sobre la en ocasiones controvertida figura del escritor. Ademas, aporta ideas y sugerencias para todos los que se han enfrentado en alguna ocasion al reto de escribir: sobre que escribir?, como preparar una trama?, que habitos y rituales sigue el mismo? Pero en este texto cercano, lleno de frescura, delicioso y personalisimo, los lectores descubriran, por encima de todo, como es Haruki Murakami: el hombre, la persona, y tendran un acceso privilegiado al “taller” de uno de los escritores mas leidos de nuestro tiempo.
These first major works of fiction by HARUKI MURAKAMI center around two young men--an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. Powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, these novellas bear all the hallmarks of Murakami's later books, giving us a fascinating insight into a great writer's beginnings, and remarkable works of fiction in their own right. Here too is an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics A Wild Sheep Chase and Dance Dance Dance, these early works are essential reading for Murakami completists and contemporary fiction lovers, alike.