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
The Japanization of Modernity – Murakami Haruki between Japan and the United States
Raamat jutustab mehest nimega Tsukuru, kes nooruses heideti sõpruskonnast välja. Põhjust Tsukuru ei tea, kuid see on jälitanud teda terve ülejäänud elu, pannes pähe ka suitsiidimõtteid. „Olen endast alati mõelnud kui värvitust, loomutust ja tühjast inimesest“. 16 aastat hiljem palub Tsukuru praegune tüdruksõber tal minevikuga silmitsi seista. „Sa pead minevikule otsa vaatama. Kui sa seda ei tee, siis veedadki kogu oma edasise elu seda rasket koormat kandes“. Nii otsustabki Tsukuru oma keskkooliaegsed sõbrad üles otsida ja uurida välja põhjuse, miks ta sõpruskonnast välja heideti. Sellest saab alguse värvitu Tsukuru palverännak. Raamat sisaldab rohkeid sisemonolooge. Näidatakse noore inimese eluhoiaku kujunemist ning seda mõjutavaid tegureid. Kirjeldatakse palju peategelase isiklikke emotsioone ning analüüsitakse inimeste käitumist. Tähelepanuta ei jäeta ka Jaapani kultuuri, mida kohati kirjeldatakse vägagi detailselt.
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.
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.
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.
A narrative particle accelerator that zooms between Wild Turkey Whiskey and Bob Dylan, unicorn skulls and voracious librarians, John Coltrane and Lord Jim. Science fiction, detective story and post-modern manifesto all rolled into one rip-roaring novel, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is the tour de force that expanded Haruki Murakami's international following. Tracking one man's descent into the Kafkaesque underworld of contemporary Tokyo, Murakami unites East and West, tragedy and farce, compassion and detachment, slang and philosophy.