Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami Bingo

Haruki Murakami Bingo

I came across this neat graphic from the New York Times and love how it (quite literally) illustrates the common themes that run throughout Haruki Murakami’s books. I’ve read everything Murakami has written that has been translated into English and can vouch that these are rather spot on. The vanishing cats are a bit redundant since there’s already a space for Something Vanishing. But lots of things and people end up missing in Murakami fiction. Perhaps that warrants the extra…

Going Further: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Going Further: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I always enjoy reading foreign literature – I’m interested in reading about foreign places with a foreign way of looking at things. One consideration for translated literature is the question of what happens to the original quality or authorial intention when the words are translated. In many cases, there aren’t equivalent words for feelings or descriptions. When it comes to Haruki Murakami, the stakes are even higher. Murakami relies on an enormous amount of sensational descriptions. And the meaning of…

Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle blew my mind. Murakami has a wonderful way of taking regular people in mundane lives and bringing them to live with surreal events. He took such a simple concept and turned it into an intricate web: we cannot escape our past, and we cannot get the most out of our present or future until we are willing to confront our past. He showed this through the struggles of so many of the characters, not just…