Category: Book

Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami and Jack London

January 12, 2022 By mk

Murakami was born on 12 January 1949 and today is his 73rd birthday. Coincidentally, the birthday of Jack London (12 January 1876 – 22 November 1916) and Murakami are the same (London was born 73 years before Murakami), and Murakami once created a “Jack London Club” on the Internet for people with the same birthday […]

Men without Women Review (3) An Independent Organ

November 6, 2021 By mk

An Independent Organ loosely shares its setting with the other stories in the same short story collection, Men Without Women, and depicts a single fate related to love. The reader can gain a new perspective by linking up with the classic works and deciphering what is not described in the novel.

Men without Women Review (2) Yesterday

November 4, 2021 By mk

Yesterday is the second story in Haruki Murakami’s short story collection “Men without Woman”. In the story, the protagonist is told by his strange friend to go on a date with his girlfriend. The episode, which is a slice of adolescent life with a follow-up episode, ends inconclusively. However, the underlying storyline borrows imagery from the classics and is filled with allusions.

Men without Women Review (1) Drive My Car

October 28, 2021 By mk

Drive My Car is the first story in Haruki Murakami’s short story collection, Men Without Women. This concise story may appear to be lacking in detail, but in fact it contains a variety of elements that allow the reader to develop their imagination.

1Q84 virtual pilgrimage

September 14, 2021 By mk

When Haruki Murakami writes his novels, he carefully writes the detailed settings one by one and constructs the characters accordingly. Although essentially fictional, his narrative is deeply intertwined with the place in which it is set, and as a result, composes a unique realism. 1Q84, set in Tokyo in 1984, is no exception. 1Q84 is […]

Haruki Murakami’s Best Friend

September 10, 2021 By mk

Setagaya Literary Museum in Tokyo is currently holding an exhibition on Mizumaru Anzai (1942-2014), an illustrator and best friend of Haruki Murakami. In addition to the numerous illustration works, the exhibition includes books of Murakami’s that Anzai designed. In 1980, an editor introduced Anzai to Murakami, who ran a jazz bar in Sendagaya. Since then, […]