Mar 14, 2015

Thoughtful or self-promoting?

It was no surprise that when writer Haruki Murakami started a temporary ask-anything website he was swamped with so many messages that he had to suspend the site. But is the forum a vehicle for self-promotion?

Feb 20, 2015

Nobel literature jury threatens to give leaked nominees the boot

Leaking names of writers shortlisted for the Nobel literature prize may lead to their disqualification from the prestigious award, the head of the prize jury warned Thursday. “There are nominators who like trumpeting in public which person they nominated,” Peter Englund, who is also ...

Feb 17, 2015

Love, sex and koi: Murakami's advice column turns racy

Novelist Haruki Murakami is offering tips on love and lust, counseling sex with a fish and advising one fan who wants to date a younger woman to read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” The writer, known for his sometimes surreal literary diversions, has ...

The Strange Library

Dec 27, 2014

The Strange Library

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Haruki Murakami’s “The Strange Library” is a short story, not a novel. So why, one might wonder, has it been published as a single volume? Reading the story, two answers suggest themselves. The first is that, though it is short — 58 loosely printed ...

Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

Nov 8, 2014

Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

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Consider this hypothetical conundrum: Haruki Murakami is (finally) awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, but what does the author have to say for himself on Japanese television? The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami, by Matthew Carl Strecher.University Of Minnesota Press, Nonfiction. More than likely, ...