Haruki Murakami Goes to Meet Hayao Kawai

Haruki Murakami Goes to Meet Hayao Kawai

by Hayao Kawai and Haruki Murakami

Hardback Publication Date: 10/09/2016

 
Two of Japan's foremost contemporary cultural spokespersons met for an informal conversation with remarkable results. While their extended talk took place at a particular location at a particular moment in history, much of the content is timeless and universal. After popular acclaim in Japan, the transcript now makes its first appearance in English.

Topics from the Contents:

  • The Meaning of Commitment
  • Words or Images?
  • Making Stories
  • Answering Logically versus Answering Compassionately
  • Self-Healing and Novels
  • Marriage and 'Well-digging'
  • Curing and Living
  • Stories and the Body
  • The Relationship between a Work and its Author
  • Individuality and Universality
  • Violence and Expression
  • Where are We Headed?
ISBN:
9783856307646
9783856307646
Category:
Literature: history & criticism
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
10-09-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Daimon Verlag
Country of origin:
Switzerland
Dimensions (mm):
170.18x109.22x12.7mm
Haruki Murakami

In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year.

More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe.

Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry.

In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.

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