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Murakami’s Lecture in Wellesley

June 7, 2023 By murakamiclub

On sale today, the July issue of Shincho Magazine features a transcript of the lecture given by Haruki Murakami at Wellesley College, USA, on 27 April, entitled ‘Writing Fiction in the Time Of Pandemic and War’. In it, Murakami introduces The City and Its Uncertain Walls, which was published in Japan in April and will […]

The Implicit Artwork for the Book

April 12, 2023 By murakamiclub

The City and Its Uncertain Walls, out tomorrow, features illustrations by Jun Tada. Jun Tada is an illustrator and printmaker who has provided artwork for books by many authors, including the Japanese translations of Ferdinand von Schirach and Paul Auster, as well as being noted for his feline illustrations. Tada’s illustrations depict the faint light […]

Forty-five years ago today, Murakami began writing a novel

April 1, 2023 By murakamiclub

On April 1, 1978, Haruki Murakami was at Jingu Stadium, watching the Yakult Swallows play the Hiroshima Carp from the bleachers, drinking beer. He, 29 at the time, ran a jazz bar and had never written a novel. In the bottom of the first inning, the moment Dave Hilton of the Yakult Swallows hit a […]

New Novel, 13 April 2023

February 1, 2023 By murakamiclub

Announced today, Haruki Murakami’s new novel will be released in Japan on 13 April 2023. The Release The publisher, Shinchosha, delivered a concise release on 1 February 2023 at 00:00 (JST). “On 13 April 2023, Shinchosha will publish Haruki Murakami’s new novel (1200 manuscript pages). It will be the first entirely new piece published in […]

Picture books translated by Murakami

January 17, 2023 By murakamiclub

From the early part of his career, Haruki Murakami has been known for translating many novels into Japanese, including those by Fitzgerald and Salinger. At the same time, he has also translated picture books and has published 17 translated picture books, 13 by Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg’s creative universe is full of strange and enchanting […]

Murakami’s interview in the newspaper

January 16, 2023 By murakamiclub

An interview with Haruki Murakami was published in today’s Mainichi Shimbun evening edition. In talking about his book ‘More, My Good Old Classical Records‘, published at the end of last year, he expressed his love for records in Murakami-esque way. “I like records because I can see the process. There are physical grooves, aren’t there? […]

Message to teenagers amid pandemic

September 7, 2020 By murakamiclub

Murakami gave an interview to the high school student reporters from the Yomiuri Junior Press on 8 August, in the middle of the pandemic. The students carefully read Murakami’s new book “First Person Singular”, and Murakami offered them an invaluable two-hour experience in the summer when the pandemic deprived young people of opportunities. The HIdden […]