Welcome to exorcising ghosts – the Haruki Murakami Resources
Last Updated: Saturday 4th July 2015
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“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never
get back. That's part of what it means to be alive. But inside our
heads - at least that's where I imagine it - there's a little room
where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this
library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to
keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every
once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower
vases. In other words, you'll live forever in your own private
-- by Haruki Murakami
Tuesday 19th May - In Search of Haruki Murakami: A Documentary Introduction to Japan’s Great Postmodernist NovelistThe BBC documentary Haruki Murakami: In Search of this Elusive Writer is again available on YouTube
Tuesday 12th May - Another round up articles from around the web
'I am a fan of losers', interview with Murakami by Janet McAllister at the Auckland Writers Festival
Author Haruki Murakami’s Q&A blog closes, posts hint at his own incredibly sad marriage
Haruki Murakami’s Art of the Literary Erection - The Puritan by Dave Hurlow
Strange Library and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - New York Times audio book review by Daniel Handler
Alternate realities: The Strange Library - The Dawn review by Ammara Khan
Tuesday 12th May - New Brief Murakami interview
Kyodo News have published a nice two part interview with Murakami, which is worth checking out:
Wednesday 15th April 2015 -Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 73 new edition details released
The long awaited new translations by Ted Goossen of Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball 73 will be released on 4th August by Harvill Secker (UK) and Knopf (US). Here's the covers:
And finally, following on from the New
short stories heres links to two short stories and an essay first published in Granta:
The Seventh Man
A Walk to Kobe
Friday 3rd April - A few bits and bobs for the long Easter weekend
The Huffington Post has an interesting article on Murakami On Friendship
by Cassandra Neyenesch
The Vulture has the Best of Haruki Murakami’s Advice Column by Lika Kumoi
Nice article by Arunima Mazumdar in Scroll.in on Murakami's short stories: why you can love Murakami even without reading his novels
Haruki Murakami’s stories are like soft shadows – the fainter of the footprints he has left behind.
And finally, just in case you haven't already read them, the New Yorker still has several Murakami short stories available on their web site:
Samsa in Love
Town of Cats
U.F.O. in Kushiro
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Added a few bits and bobs
Just a quick round up of a couple of articles on Murakami'stemporary website:
The always excellent Popmatters has a review of Matthew Carl Strecher's The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami - Diving Deep Into the Other Worlds of Japan's Most Famous Living Writer By James Orbesen
Also added a list of the short stoies to the page for the forthcomingshort story collection - Men without Women
Saturday 10th January - Haruki Murakami to be an online agony unclelso a nice New Yorker article by Roland Kelts on Chip Kidd - Illustrating Murakami
Wednesday 5th December -The Strange Library coverage
The Elusive Qualities of Dreams: On Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange
Library’ - The Millions review by Buzz Poole
Watch Your Head When Checking Out Murakami's Strange 'Library' - NPR by Alan Cheuse
Seven reasons you must read Haruki Murakami’s new book - Scroll.in review by Arunava Sinha
Another excellent article from the Asahi Shimbun on the first steps taken to translate and publish Murakami in the USA. Teamwork helped Haruki Murakami break into American scene - by Louis Templado
Wednesday 5th November - 'I’m kind of famous. I just want to find out why that happened'
Wednesday 10th October - Scheherazade
Friday 19th September 2014 - The Strange Library – exclusive preview in the Guardian
Saturday 13th September 2014 - New Murakami interview in the Guardian
Tuesday 9th September 2014 - Haruki Murakami's first novel to be retranslated and republished in English
Wednesday 2nd September 2014 - The Strange Library
Harvill Secker (Knopf in the US) is to publish an illustrated 96 page edition of Haruki Murakami’s The Strange Library, marking the first time the book has been published in English.
The Strange Library will be published in hardback.on 2 December 2014, translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen.
It will have full-color art throughout in a lavish volume designed by Chip Kidd, Knopf’s associate art director and long time Murakami cover designer. Kidd said he drew on his own collection of vintage Japanese graphics as inspiration for the design.
The young narrator of The Strange Library heads to his local library on the way home from school to find out how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. Led to a special reading room in a maze under the library by an old man, he finds himself imprisoned with a sheep man who makes excellent doughnuts and a girl who can talk with her hands.
Liz Foley, publishing director at Harvill Secker, said: “We are very excited to be publishing a special illustrated edition of The Strange Library as an unusual gift book for Christmas. Murakami's imagination is unique and this is a wonderfully creepy tale that is sure to delight his fans."
Knopf’s chairman and editor in chief, Sonny Mehta, called Mr. Murakami’s 96-page book “as scary and surprising as anything he has ever written.”
Guardian article by Lindesay Irvine
Thursday 28th August - More Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage reviews and some interesting general artciles
Haruki Murakami: test your 1Q – quiz - The Guardian
Missing — And Finding — The Magic Of Haruki Murakami - BuzzFeed by Alanna Okun
Monday 25th August - More Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage reviews and some interesting general artciles
Strange, stark and sentimental: Haruki Murakami’s winning fictional formula - New Statesmen review by Randy Boyagoda
Haruki Murakami Paints A 'Colorless' Character In A Vividly Imagined World - NPR review by Meg Wolitzer
The Mystery of Murakami - The Atlantic article by Nathaniel Rich
Haruki Murakami delivers his most human novel yet - AV Club review by Noah Cruickshank
Murakami and me: The wait for Haruki Murakami's UK 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' tour - The Independent by Siobhan Norton
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
Sunday 17th August - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage bits and bobs
Through colourful doors of perception - The Age (Melbourne) review by Nicholas Jose
Haruki Murakami’s new novel journeys to the past - Assocoaited Press article by Hillel Italie
Boston Globe review by John Freeman
Haruki Murakami conducts a quest into the past as his hero tries to understand a long-ago rejection - South China Morning Post review by James Kidd
The Vol. 1 Brooklyn Guide to Haruki Murakami - Great article on Murakami's novels by Jeffrey Zuckerman
Thursday 14th August - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage bits and bobs
A Pilgrim’s Progress, or Lack Thereof - New York Times review by Janet Maslin
Designing and Producing Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Vintage Books Youtube video
Why Haruki Murakami Inspires Midnight Madness - The Artery - WBUR by Ed Siegel
Aloof, Quiet, and Dissonant: On Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - The Millions review by By Woody Brown
Washington Post review by Marie Arana
Monday 11th August - Another Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage review.
Haruki Murakami’s new book peels back the layers of friendship - The Japan Times review by Daniel Morales
Haruki Murakami’s pilgrimage infused with the spirit of wabi-sabi - The Australian review by Ed Wright
The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the eighth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” commentaries.
Sunday 10th August - More Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage events.
Murakami book signing
The Japan Foundation seminar
On 26 August 2014 The Japan Foundation, London is presenting a special seminar - Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen (Newcastle University) will explore some of the connections and meanings between colours and characters throughout the work of Haruki Murakami.
She will begin by analysing Murakami's latest novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, before looking at earlier characters from well-known longer novels such as Norwegian Wood and 1Q84 as well as from short stories such as The Little Green Monster.
The 10 Best Haruki Murakami Books
Thursday 7th August - More Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage reviews.
Deep Chords: Haruki Murakami’s ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ - New York Times review by Patti Smith
Haruki Murakami's familiar tale of a man's odd past and his empty present - Guardian review by Sean O'Hagan
Full of ambiguity and sex – all Murakami's signature flourishes are here - Another Guardian review by Mark Lawson
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami – digested read (SPOILER ALERT!) by John Crace - The Guardian
Sunday 3rd August 2014 - More Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage reviews.
In his new novel, Haruki Murakami steps back into the remote, mysterious realm of his celebrated classic 'Norwegian Wood’ – and loses his way - Daily Telegraph review by Leo Robson
PECULIAR beauty, intense teen friendships and strange aphorisms are all there in Haruki Murakami's new fable-like novel - Daily Express review by Jake Kerridge
Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' strikes emotional chord - Tampabay Times review by Colette Bancroft
Saturday 2nd August 2014 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage reviews.
A teenage falling-out colours a young man’s future in this suspenseful new novel - Financial Times review by David Pilling
Murakami returns with a harmonious blend of naivety and riddling sophistication - Independent review by Boyd Tonkin
Friday 1st August 2014 - UK Midnight opening events for the publication of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Wednesday 29th July 2014 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage except available.
Friday 7th March 2014 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Covers.
US and UK covers for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami:
Haruki Murakami's UK publisher has announced that the Japanese author's latest novel, which is currently topping charts in Germany, Spain and Holland, will be released in August in the UK.
Harvill Secker said that Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage would be published in English on 12 August, in a translation from Philip Gabriel. The book sold one million copies in its first week on sale in Japan last April, and new translations in German, Spanish and Dutch are already topping bestseller lists, according to the publisher.