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Selected Haruki Murakami articles

Jazz Messenger - Lovely article by Murakami on how and why he started writing (from the NY Times)

Murakami Haruki B-Sides - a great essay on Murakami's more obscure (to English speaking readers) early stories and articles by Daniel Morales on neojaponisme. Also check out the comments for some insightful points.....Recommended reading

The Vol. 1 Brooklyn Guide to Haruki Murakami - Great article on Murakami's novels by Jeffrey Zuckerman

Recommended reading - Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” commentaries from the Asahi Shimbun:

The Hanshinkan Kid (1): Why Haruki Murakami can't go home again
The Hanshinkan Kid (2): At Nishinomiya Shrine, a forest filled with Haruki Murakami's childhood memories
The Hanshinkan Kid (3): Haruki Murakami a product of a town known for its sake
The Hanshinkan Kid (4): Haruki Murakami’s love affair with libraries
The Hanshinkan Kid (5): Haruki Murakami's attachment to the Shukugawa river
Hanshinkan Kid (6): Chinese memories of a young Haruki Murakami found in his works
Hanshinkan Kid (7): Haruki Murakami's love for cats comes through in his works
Hanshinkan Kid (8): Memories of Koshien baseball stadium inspire Haruki Murakami

Teamwork helped Haruki Murakami break into American scene - Another excellent article from the Asahi Shimbun on the first steps taken to translate and publish Murakami in the USA. by Louis Templado

Haruki Murakami: test your 1Q – quiz - The Guardian

Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami - The Week

Missing — And Finding — The Magic Of Haruki Murakami - BuzzFeed by Alanna Okun

Haruki Murakami’s Cool Japan - Japan Times by Roland Kelts

Haruki Murakami at the Edinburgh Festival - 'My lifetime dream is to be sitting at the bottom of a well' the Guardian by Marta Bausells

The 10 Best Haruki Murakami Books - Publishers Weekly - By Matthew C. Strecher

Haruki Murakami’s Art of the Literary Erection - The Puritan by Dave Hurlow

Haruki Murakami’s Passion for Jazz: Discover the Novelist’s Jazz Playlist, Jazz Essay & Jazz Bar by by Colin Marshall

Haruki Murakami Translates The Great Gatsby, the Novel That Influenced Him Most

Haruki Murakami on "The Great Gatsby" - Read Haruki Murakami's essay on translating "The Great Gatsby" into Japanese from "In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means"

Books to furnish a room - Excellent bibilography from Trapnel

Nice little introductory article from the Guardian

Haruki Murakami’s Supernatural War - Quarterly Conversation Essay by Katie Wadell

What Lies Beneath: The Labyrinth of Haruki Murakami’s Mind - Nice article by Lorette C. Luzajic from Bookslut looking at fantasic fiction.

What Startups Can Learn From Haruki Murakami Written by Alex Iskold

THE BEST WAY OF SPENDING MONEY,or HARUKI MURAKAMI'S COSMOPOLITAN ANARCHIES - The Acute Jazz Deficiency Manual - by Dmitry Kovalenin(trans by Max Nemtsov)

Murakami Haruki’s teenage murderer: a Žižekian View by Maria Flutsch, University of Tasmania

Nice piece in design:related on the Knopf cover designs John Gall and Chip Kidd

Ten things you need to know about Haruki Murakami - The key facts about the coolest writer in the world today by Stephen Armstrong from the Times

The Reception of Murakami Haruki (村上春樹Cun-shang Chun-shu) in Taiwan” Abstract by FUJII Shozo (Tokyo University)

Haruki Murakami and His Generation - how Japanese cultural values have changed with reference to Murakami's Japan Times April 2008 interview - by Marie Mockett

Memory, hybridity, and creative alliance in Haruki Murakami's fiction. by Amy Ty Lai - This essay explores the use of animals in Haruki Murakami's fiction, where animals serve as the emblem of selfhood, where human-animal hybrids manifest the fragmented self, and where becoming-animal inspires a creative process in which humans can fare better. (registration required)

THE BEST WAY OF SPENDING MONEY,or HARUKI MURAKAMI'S COSMOPOLITAN ANARCHIES - The Acute Jazz Deficiency Manual by Dmitry Kovalenin - Translated by Max Nemtsov

Profiles in Literature: Haruki Murakami - Excellent Docudharma article by: pico

The Cult of Murakami - The Daily Telegraph - by Nicholas Blincoe

A まち is a 町 is a 街 - the use of town and city in translating Murakami's work by Daniel Morales

Japan's Prodigal Novelist Returns by Bryan Walsh from Time Asia

The Absurd: A comparison of Haruki Murakami and David Lynch

My Summer with Haruki Murakami - Fan's introduction to Murakami

Lin Shaohua: Haruki Murakami as Warrior - interview with Lin Shaohua (Murakami's Chinese translation)

Time, the Body and Non-Japanese in Murakami’s Works by Atsuko Handa

Step Design July 2007 issue contains an interview with Vintage designer John Gall, who has designed some of my favourite Murakami covers

A literary tour of Japan: Haruki Murakami's fiction by Peter Valelly

TRANSLATABILITY AND THE ROLE OF POPULAR CULTURE - a thesis submitted by JACQUELYN L. ZUROMSKI at the University of Central Florida


Realy nice article: Literary Tourism and Entering the World - how living in or visiting Japan has affected their reading of Murakami

On the Globalization of Literature: Haruki Murakami, Tim O’Brien, and Raymond Carver
by Reiichi Miura from the electronic book review - Reiichi Miura considers the worldwide reception of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and charts a course for a fiction where nationalism loses relevance.

Return to What One Imagines to Be There: Masculinity and Racial Otherness in Haruki Murakami's Writings about China - Lo, Kwai-Cheung examines how Murakami deals with issues of masculinity and national character in opposition to an entity that is not Western but Asian.

Jazz and Cigarettes - a blog containing excellent translations of Murakami's articles

Julianexpat talks about his passion for Haruki Murakami from Expat Culture

Waiting for a new epiphany / Haruki Murakami plies on, doubtful another will come - Houston Chronicle article by By John Freeman

Articles reporting Murakami's former editor, Akira Yasuhara, who sold his manuscripts without permission. Japan Times and Bungaku (Japanese only) and pictures of the manuscripts and Murakami's article from the mind of a strategist and good round up from Long Tail World presents an excellent overview of Murakami's career through 1999

The pain of living in two meaningless worlds - echoes of  Baathism in the books of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami from

Interesting brief article on Murakami's American and Japanese cultural references

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami wins Kafka award from ABC Australia

TRACKING MURAKAMI - A brief, but interesting sumary of some main themes running through Murakami's work by Alyson Roux

Undergraduate dissertation, The Use of Certain Fantastic Concepts in the Fiction of Murakami Haruki by Gareth Edwards

Why I love Haruki Murakami, Tania Branigan, Tuesday July 22, 2003, The Guardian

The order of chaos, The Elephant Vanishes dramitisation at the Barbican, London, Saturday June 21, 2003,

Garbage dissect our modern age - tapping into the melancholy of Murakami's existential anti-heroes

Break on through - The Threepenny review by Francie Lin

Pop Master, Japan's literati may sneer at Haruki Murakami, but his latest novel has sold 460,000 copies in two months—and he's revered overseas BY VELISARIOS KATTOULAS/TOKYO Nov 25, 2002 Time Asia

Confessions of a Murakami junkie, The Times 1st Dec 2002

Murakami Roundtable from the Quarterly Conversation
* Essays
* Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Reviews
* A Short Guide to Murakami's Short Fiction by Matthew Tiffany
* The Murakami Dictionary

Outside looking in by Sam North - excellent introductory essay

Dancing as fast as he can by Sarah Write - Boston Magazine - January 1994


The Elusive Murakami - From the August 2001 issue of World Press Review (VOL. 48, No. 8).

A Japanese Novelist in Search of Lost Ideals by Katherine Knorr - International Herald Tribune

Inner Space - The wondrous interior worlds of Haruki Murakami Philidelphia City Paper - Dec 1997

Big in Japan - Metropolis Magazine

Spiritual Quests in Contemporary Japanese Writers before and after the Aum Affair

CNN - Japanese writer Murakami probes soul's 'dark kingdom'(November 24, 2000)

Tracing the Contours of the Postmodern in Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World  and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Deng Liu

An overview of HM's work

Haruki Murakami Does Seattle (review of Seattle book reading) 

Random House's Meet the Author - good short biography

Presents from the dead - excellent overview of Murakami's early work by Kato Koiti

A Voice from Postmodern Japan by Yoshio Iwamoto