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Haruki Murakami (January 12, 1949) is a popular contemporary Japanese writer and translator, known for such novels as Kafka on the Shore.

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Criticism and influence

Murakami's fiction, often criticized for being "pop" literature by Japan's literary establishment, is humorous and surreal, and at the same time reflects an essential alienation, loneliness, and longing for love in a way that has touched readers in the US and Europe, as well as in East Asia. In addition, Murakami's writing has also been criticized because of his portrayal of Japan's obsession with capitalism. Through his work, he was able to capture the spiritual emptiness of his generation and explore the negative effects of Japan's work-dominated mentality. His writing criticizes the decrease in human values and a loss of connection between people in Japan's capitalist society.

Recently, director Jun Ichikawa adapted Murakami's short story Tony Takitani into a 75 minute feature. The film has played at various film festivals and was released in New York and Los Angeles July 29, 2005. The original short story (as translated by Jay Rubin) is available in the April 15, 2002, issue of The New Yorker, as a stand-alone book published by Cloverfield Press, and part of Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Knopf.

Murakami's work has also been adapted for the stage, in a 2003 play entitled The Elephant Vanishes, co-produced by Britain's Complicite company and Japan's Setagaya Public Theatre. The production, directed by Simon McBurney, adapted three of Murakami's short stories and received acclaim for its unique blending of multimedia (video, music, and innovative sound design) with actor-driven physical theatre (mime, dance, and even acrobatic wirework). On tour, the play was performed in Japanese, with translating supertitles for European and American audiences.

On Max Richter's 2006 album Songs from Before, Robert Wyatt reads passages from Murakami's novels.

In 2006, Murakami became the sixth winner of the Franz Kafka Prize, which has been awarded in past years to Nobel Prize In Literature winners Harold Pinter and Elfriede Jelinek. Murakami himself has been considered a possible laureate. If Murakami receives the Prize, he would become the third Japanese Literature Prize laureate, after Kawabata Yasunari and Kenzaburo Oe.

Bibliography

Novels

Original Title Original Publication Date English Title English Publication Date</small>
風の歌を聴け
Kaze no uta o kike
1979 Hear the Wind Sing 1987
1973年のピンボール
1973-nen no pinbōru
1980 Pinball, 1973 1985
羊をめぐる冒険
Hitsuji o meguru bōken
1982 A Wild Sheep Chase 1989
世界の終りとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド
Sekai no owari to hādoboirudo wandārando
1985 Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World 1991
ノルウェイの森
Noruwei no mori
1987 Norwegian Wood 2000
ダンス・ダンス・ダンス
Dansu dansu dansu
1988 Dance Dance Dance 1994
国境の南、太陽の西
Kokkyō no minami, taiyō no nishi
1992 South of the Border, West of the Sun 2000
ねじまき鳥クロニクル
Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru
1995 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 1997
スプートニクの恋人
Supūtoniku no koibito
1999 Sputnik Sweetheart 2001
海辺のカフカ
Umibe no Kafuka
2002 Kafka on the Shore 2005
アフターダーク
Afutā Dāku
2004 After Dark 2007
1Q84
Ichi-kyū-hachi-yon
2009 1Q84 2011

Short stories

Year Japanese Title English Title Appears in
1980 中国行きのスロウ・ボート
"Chūgoku-yuki no surou bōto"
A Slow Boat to China The Elephant Vanishes
貧乏な叔母さんの話
Binbō na obasan no hanashi
A 'Poor Aunt' Story (The New Yorker, December 3, 2001) Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
1981 ニューヨーク炭鉱の悲劇
Nyū Yōku tankō no higeki
New York Mining Disaster (The New Yorker, January 11, 1999)
スパゲティーの年に
Supagetī no toshi ni
The Year of Spaghetti (The New Yorker, November 21, 2005)
四月のある晴れた朝に100パーセントの女の子に出会うことについて
Shigatsu no aru hareta asa ni 100-paasento no onna no ko ni deau koto ni tsuite
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning The Elephant Vanishes
かいつぶり
Kaitsuburi
Dabchick Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
カンガルー日和
Kangarū-biyori
A Perfect Day for Kangaroos
カンガルー通信
Kangarū tsūshin
The Kangaroo Communique The Elephant Vanishes
1982 午後の最後の芝生
Gogo no saigo no shibafu
The Last Lawn of the Afternoon
1983
Kagami
The Mirror Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
とんがり焼の盛衰
Tongari-yaki no seisui
The Rise and Fall of Sharpie Cakes

Hotaru
Firefly
納屋を焼く
Naya wo yaku
Barn Burning (The New Yorker, November 2, 1992) The Elephant Vanishes
1984 野球場
Yakyūjō
Crabs Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
嘔吐1979
Ōto 1979
Nausea 1979
ハンティング・ナイフ
Hantingu naifu
Hunting Knife (The New Yorker, November 17, 2003)
踊る小人
Odoru kobito
The Dancing Dwarf The Elephant Vanishes
1985 レーダーホーゼン
Rēdāhōzen
Lederhosen
パン屋再襲撃
Panya saishūgeki
The Second Bakery Attack
象の消滅
Zō no shōmetsu
The Elephant Vanishes (The New Yorker, November 18, 1991)
ファミリー・アフェア
Famirī afea
A Family Affair
1986 ローマ帝国の崩壊・一八八一年のインディアン蜂起・ヒットラーのポーランド侵入・そして強風世界
Rōma-teikoku no hōkai・1881-nen no Indian hōki・Hittorā no Pōrando shinnyū・soshite kyōfū sekai
The Fall of the Roman Empire, the 1881 Indian Uprising, Hitler's Invasion of Poland, and the Realm of Raging Winds
ねじまき鳥と火曜日の女たち
Nejimaki-dori to kayōbi no onnatachi
The Wind-up Bird And Tuesday's Women (The New Yorker, November 26, 1990)
1989 眠り
Nemuri
Sleep (The New Yorker, March 30, 1992)
TVピープルの逆襲
TV pīpuru no gyakushū
TV People (The New Yorker, September 10, 1990)
飛行機―あるいは彼はいかにして詩を読むようにひとりごとを言ったか
Hikōki-arui wa kare wa ika ni shite shi wo yomu yō ni hitorigoto wo itta ka
Aeroplane: Or, How He Talked to Himself as if Reciting Poetry (The New Yorker, July 1, 2002) Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
我らの時代のフォークロア―高度資本主義前史
Warera no jidai no fōkuroa-kōdo shihonshugi zenshi
A Folklore for My Generation: A Prehistory of Late-Stage Capitalism
1990 トニー滝谷
Tonī Takitani
Tony Takitani (The New Yorker, April 15, 2002)
1991 沈黙
Chinmoku
The Silence The Elephant Vanishes
緑色の獣
Midori-iro no kemono
The Little Green Monster
氷男
Kōri otoko
The Ice Man Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
人喰い猫
Hito-kui neko
Man-Eating Cats (The New Yorker, December 4, 2000)
1995 めくらやなぎと、眠る女
Mekurayanagi to, nemuru onna
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
1996 七番目の男
Nanabanme no otoko
The Seventh Man
1999 UFOが釧路に降りる
UFO ga Kushiro ni oriru
UFO in Kushiro (The New Yorker, March 19, 2001) after the quake
アイロンのある風景
Airon no aru fūkei
Landscape with Flatiron
神の子どもたちはみな踊る
Kami no kodomotachi wa mina odoru
All God's Children Can Dance
タイランド
Tairando
Thailand
かえるくん、東京を救う
Kaeru-kun, Tōkyō wo sukuu
Super-Frog Saves Tokyo
2000 蜂蜜パイ
Hachimitsu pai
Honey Pie (The New Yorker, August 20, 2001)
2002 バースデイ・ガール
Bāsudei gāru
Birthday Girl Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
2005 偶然の旅人
Gūzen no tabibito
Chance Traveller
ハナレイ・ベイ
Hanarei Bei
Hanalei Bay
どこであれそれが見つかりそうな場所で
Doko de are sore ga mitsukarisō na basho de
Where I'm Likely to Find It (The New Yorker, May 2, 2005)
日々移動する腎臓のかたちをした石
Hibi idō suru jinzō no katachi wo shita ishi
The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day
品川猿
Shinagawa saru
A Shinagawa Monkey (The New Yorker, February 13, 2006)

Essays and nonfiction

English Japanese
Year Title Year Title
N/A Rain, Burning Sun (Come Rain or Come Shine) 1990 雨天炎天
"Uten Enten"
N/A Portrait in Jazz 1997 ポ-トレイト・イン・ジャズ
"Pōtoreito in jazu"
2000 Underground 1997–1998 アンダーグラウンド
"Andāguraundo"
N/A Portrait in Jazz 2 2001 ポ-トレイト・イン・ジャズ 2
"Pōtoreito in jazu 2"
2008 What I Talk About When I Talk About Running 2007 走ることについて語るときに僕の語ること
"Hashiru koto ni tsuite kataru toki ni boku no kataru koto"
N/A It Ain't Got that Swing (If It Don't Mean a Thing) 2008 意味がなければスイングはない
"Imi ga nakereba suingu wa nai"

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