Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

Nov 8, 2014

Finding Murakami in his own weird worlds

by J.J. O'Donoghue

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, ...

Nov 4, 2014

Murakami chides Japan for ignoring role in WWII, Fukushima disaster

Writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression as well as the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In an interview published Monday in the Mainichi Shimbun, the 65-year-old author said: “No one has taken real responsibility for the ...

Oct 6, 2014

Nobel literature prize to be announced Thursday

The winner of the Nobel Prize in literature will be announced Thursday, the Swedish Academy said. This year’s favorites include Japan’s Haruki Murakami — with betting agent Ladbrokes offering 5-1 odds — and Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus, another regular favorite among Nobel pundits. Peter ...

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

Aug 30, 2014

Inside author David Mitchell's metaphysical mind

by Andrew Lee

Outside the vista windows of the Hotel New Otani’s Garden Lounge cafe in Tokyo, it’s snowing, in March, and it suddenly feels like the spring flowers in the Japanese garden below may have popped too soon. David Mitchell wonders aloud what kind of flowers ...

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

| Aug 22, 2014

Haruki Murakami's Cool Japan

by Roland Kelts

I was in New York last week to host a launch event for the English translation of Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” My good friend and Murakami translator Ted Goossen, professor at York University in Toronto, joined ...

Haruki Murakami's new novel journeys to the past

Aug 15, 2014

Haruki Murakami's new novel journeys to the past

by Hillel Italie

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is yet another risky reunion with the past. “The past is my treasure chest, and once I open it, I have so many materials in there,” says the 65-year-old author, whose “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” was ...