Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Happy birthday to international bestselling author Haruki Murakami, known for such works as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and, most recently, Men Without Women.

Born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1949, Murakami initially had no aspirations to become a writer.  He studied drama at Waseda University in Tokyo, but after graduation, he and his wife opened a successful coffee house and jazz bar, and, as he told interviewer John Wesley Harding in an interview for BOMB magazine, "I didn’t write anything. I was just one of those ordinary people. I was running a jazz club, and I didn’t create anything at all."

According to anecdote, that all changed at a baseball game.  While Murakami was watching the Yakult Swallows play the Hiroshima Carp, Dave Hilton, an American player, came to bat and hit a double.  In that instant, Murakami realized he had a story to tell.  At home after the game, he began to write.  His first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, was published in Japan in 1979, and won the Gunzou Literature Prize.  Encouraged, Murakami continued to write, producing two sequels to complete what is now known as The Trilogy of the Rat.

His work is heavily influenced by Western culture and Russian literature, and it is perhaps these global influences that have led to Murakami's international popularity.  His work has been translated into dozens of languages and has won prizes around the world.  His book 1Q84 was one of Brilliant Books' Most Brilliant Books of the Decade.

Men Without Women: Stories Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator), Ted Goossen (Translator)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451494627
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

Kafka on the Shore Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400079278
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Published: Vintage - January 3rd, 2006

1Q84 Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

Absolutely on Music: Conversations Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804173728
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Published: Vintage - October 3rd, 2017

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679743460
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Published: Vintage - March 2nd, 1993

What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307389831
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

The Strange Library Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385354301
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - December 2nd, 2014

After Dark Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307278739
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Published: Vintage Books USA - April 29th, 2008

Sputnik Sweetheart Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375726057
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

The Elephant Vanishes Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679750536
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Published: Vintage - June 28th, 1994

Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Ted Goossen (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804170147
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2016

After the Quake Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375713279
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Published: Vintage - May 13th, 2003

1q84: 3 Volume Boxed Set Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780345802934
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2012

Norwegian Wood Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375704024
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2000

A Wild Sheep Chase Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375718946
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2002

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804170123
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Published: Vintage - May 5th, 2015