Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami, born 12 January 1949.
- The good thing about writing books is that you can dream while you are awake.
- Writing novels is much the same. You gather up bones and make your gate, but no matter how wonderful the gate might be, that alone doesn’t make it a living breathing novel. A story is not something of this world. A real story requires a kind of magical baptism to link the world on this side with the world on the other side.
- I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them.
- If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.
- I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.
- No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself.
Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer and translator. His works of fiction and non-fiction have won critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. His novels include Norwegian Wood and Kafka on the Shore. Murakami is considered an important figure in post-modern literature. The Guardian praised Murakami as ‘among the world’s greatest living novelists’ for his works and achievements.
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