Sunday, February 17, 2008

Interview with Haruki Murakami

I received 14 books for Valentine's Day one of which is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. I've wanted to delve into his writing for some time now and have heard this is a good place to start. The plot sounds fascinating:

"The story begins with the disappearance of Toru Okada's wife's cat, which is immediately followed by the disappearance of the wife, herself. Mild-mannered Toru sets out to find out where they went and why. He discovers much more than he bargained for: a precocious teenager, a pair of psychic sisters, a haunted veteran of Japan's war in Manchuria, a perfectly corrupt politician, and a strangely appealing well in a neighbor's yard. In his quest, Toru only succeeds in raising more perplexing questions, but his discoveries do shed startling light on the roots of the Japanese malaise." (Powell's)

While surfing various Japanese pop culture sites I found an interview with Murakami. They are rare since Murakami is a very shy, private man. So here are the links to the four part interview. Its well worth the read.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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