Week 19 – Haruki Murakami

Please Welcome…

A weekend full of fiction in a galaxy far away lies behind us. (Guessing I’ll never learn to tell reality from fiction neither the other way round.) For another week we’ll remain in the field of telling stories when meeting our next person in our SiPgoes53 series. This time it will be all about a living, non-fictional human. He used to work in a record store, ran his own café and Jazz-bar until he became one of Japan´s most important and influential authors of our times. So, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome…

Haruki Murakami

Murakami, born in 1949 in Japan, is the author of several novels and short stories (as well as non-fiction books). Some of these have a surrealistic to melancholic basic mood. Many of his first-person narrators have clear autobiographical basics. They may be running a Jazz-bar or a café or, at least, they like going there. Most of his stories deal with the theme of loss. Several characters have been abandoned by their wives; some others have dealt with death. The mostly unagitated lives of his protagonists spread a certain, pleasant calm.

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The Works

The author, who is a passionate long-distance runner and triathlete, is internationally recognised. There hardly is a single book that he´s famous for. The first three novels Hear The Wind Sing, Pinnball, 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase can be seen as a trilogy. Later publications aren´t connected. It is rather the writer´s style that made titles like Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World, Kafka On The Shore or 1Q84 as famous as his short story books like The Elephant Vanishes or Men Without Women . His works have been translated into at least fifty different languages. He received various prices, both national and international. The most important of them would be the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. In 2015, TIME Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential persons.

Your Vision

Did you already know about Haruki Murakami? Maybe you have read one or more of his books? If so, which one is your favourite one and why? Will you create an image of the author or of one of his protagonists? Or maybe you will turn one of his book titles into a vision to share with us? I’m curious what you will come up with. As always, you are all very welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section underneath as well as your image on Instagram (or Twitter or Facebook) using the hashtags #SiPgoes53 and #SiP_Haruki_Murakami.

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