Haruki Murakami

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  • Matthew Chozick (University of Birmingham)

Haruki Murakami’s life has been shaped by the kinds of sudden inexplicable encounters that fill his writing with a characteristic buoyancy and unpredictability. In 1978, for instance, Murakami, then a young proprietor of a jazz bar in Tokyo, attended a baseball game. While sipping a beer, Murakami watched a player walk up to the diamond, swing, and score a double – which is when Murakami suddenly thought: “I could write a novel… I went to a stationery store and bought a fountain pen and paper.” In this way, at the age of twenty-nine, Murakami was inspired to write his first work, Hear the Wind Sing (1979).

Hear the Wind Sing – with minimalist prose, an experimental point of view,…

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Chozick, Matthew. "Haruki Murakami". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 May 2008
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