Murakami translated John Cheever’s short stories

March 24, 2019 By mk

Weekend lunch reads of John Cheever’s short stories translated by Murakami. May I share the preface written by Murakami enlighting the treasure of modern literature;

More than 30 years, I have been thinking about translating John Cheever’s short stories. However, schedule-wise, I have had some other priorities and had put off to do so. I excused to myself that I did not need to be so hectic to work on Cheever’s because of several reasons; one of them was that most of the Cheever’s short stories were with well-established style and quality without risk of possible up-and-down even after a while. In other words, “Cheever may wait for me in a serene manner””

The stories Murakami chose and translated are as follows:

  • The Enormous Radio
  • O City of Broken Dreams
  • The Sutton Place Story
  • Torch Song
  • Clancy in the Tower of Babel
  • The Cure
  • The Superintendent
  • The Housebreaker of Shady Hill
  • The Worm in the Apple
  • The Country Husband
  • The Scarlet Moving Van
  • Reunion
  • The Geometry of Love
  • The Swimmer
  • The World of Apples
  • Percy
  • The Fourth Alarm
  • Goodbye, My Brother
  • What Happened
  • Why I Write Short Stories