Haruki Murakami (Author, Introducer)
In 1978, Haruki Murakami was twenty-nine and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers' award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, that turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon.
In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running and Men Without Women, Murakami's distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring his place as one of the world's most acclaimed and well-loved writers.
Sputnik Sweetheart has touched me deeper and pushed me further than
anything I've read in a long time
How does Murakami manage to make poetry while writing of contemporary life and emotions? I am weak-kneed with admiration
*Independent on Sunday*
A beautiful novel, as light as a feather, and yet enduringly sad... a captivating book from one of the world's most interesting authors
Murakami has been compared to everyone from Raymond Carver to Raymond Chandler - which should tell you only one thing: he's unique
Confirms Murakami as a master of his craft... Out of this world