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Haruki Murakami

Birthdate: 12. January 1949

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. The critical acclaim for his fiction and non-fiction has led to numerous awards, in Japan and internationally, including the World Fantasy Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award . His oeuvre received, for example, the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize .

Murakami's most notable works include A Wild Sheep Chase , Norwegian Wood , The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle , Kafka on the Shore , and 1Q84 . He has also translated into Japanese English works by writers ranging from Raymond Carver to J. D. Salinger. His fiction, still criticized by Japan's literary establishment as un-Japanese, was influenced by Western writers from Chandler to Vonnegut by way of Brautigan. It is frequently surrealistic and melancholic or fatalistic, marked by a Kafkaesque rendition of the "recurrent themes of alienation and loneliness" he weaves into his narratives. He is also considered an important figure in postmodern literature. Steven Poole of The Guardian praised Murakami as "among the world's greatest living novelists" for his works and achievements.

Works

Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore
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Norwegian Wood
Norwegian Wood
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1Q84
1Q84
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„Once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Kafka on the Shore

Source: Kafka on the Shore (2002)
Context: And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.

Chapter One

„two people can sleep in the same bed and still be alone when they close their eyes“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Source: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

„I move, therefore I am.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book 1Q84

Source: 1Q84

„Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.“

—  Haruki Murakami

Source: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories

„What happens when people open their hearts?"
"They get better.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Norwegian Wood

Source: Norwegian Wood

„History cannot be erased or altered. Because that would mean killing yourself.“

—  Haruki Murakami

Source: 色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年

„After all this, I won't start to hate you.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Sputnik Sweetheart

Source: Sputnik Sweetheart

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