January 11, 2018 By mk

Murakami’s essay appeared in recent Nikkei newspaper as he has finished the translation of all the seven novels of Raymond Thornton Chandler after 10 years since 2007.

He wrote, “Many writers were influenced by Chandler, and followed his literary and lifestyle. Philip Marlow became not only a hero in his novels, but a symbol, lifestyle standard, and a universal but unique voice generated in the city life.”

I believe Murakami is also successful to do so by depicting slices of lives and making the readers feel them more than real even in the places in thousands of physical miles away over borders.